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Ivory inlay fragments of a giraffe

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These five fragments of an ivory inlay piece originally depicted a giraffe. The complete piece would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Much of the figure has broken away and is missing. Remaining fragments are the head, some of the neck, body, and upper legs. Some...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave 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)

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: 7 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm (2 3/4 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1342

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture