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Ivory inlay fragment of a tree

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This ivory inlay piece is a fragment of an original shaped as a tree with at least two tiers of branches. It would originally have adorned a wooden funerary bed. A portion has broken away and is missing. The brown residue that coats many surfaces is likely remnant mud used as an adhesive for...

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From Kerma, tomb K1095 (?). 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.


Nubia (Sudan)


Width x Depth x Length: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.7 cm (11/16 x 1/8 x 1 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World