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Ivory inlay of a bustard

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This ivory inlay, which originally adorned a wooden funerary bed, is carved in the shape of a bustard (a large game bird, also sometimes called a crested ibis or shoebill stork) with wings spread. Details have been added by incision and notching, including facial details, head feathers, and...

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Provenance

From Kerma: K 1096. March 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1323

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture