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Ivory inlay fragments of an ostrich

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This object is a severely fragmented ivory inlay piece likely originally from a wooden funerary bed, degraded remains of which still adhere to the inlay. Remaining iconography suggests it depicts an ostrich with wings raised. Currently four pieces remain, with substantial portions missing.

Provenance

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)

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: 3.7 x 2.7 cm (1 7/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1328

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture