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Ivory inlay of a bustard

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This ivory inlay piece is broken into five fragments with portions missing. It is carved in the form of a large bird, likely a bustard (a large game bird, also sometimes called a crested ibis or shoebill stork) with wings spread upwards. It is broken at the neck, and much of the end of the...

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From Kerma, K1096. 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width: 8 x 4.1 cm (3 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World