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Ivory inlay fragment of a bird's wing (ostrich?)

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This fragment of an ivory inlay depicts a bird's wing, most likely an ostrich (for a possible parallel see objects 20.1327, 20.1335). The complete inlay would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed.

Provenance

From Kerma, KIII GG. 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

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5 x 1.4 x 0.3 cm (1 15/16 x 9/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1500

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture