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Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture

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These fragments belong to an ivory inlay piece carved in the shape of a vulture with outstretched wings. Such inlays were often used for wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. Incised lines indicate feather patterns and body details. It is in very fragmentary condition with significant...

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From Kerma, tomb K439. January 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 x depth: 16 x 5.4 x 0.4 cm (6 5/16 x 2 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World