User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture

Start collecting

This object is comprised of many fragments of an ivory inlay that depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It is one of several of similar form from the same tomb. Such inlays would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed.


From Kerma, tomb K 439. 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 4 x 13.5 x 0.3 cm (1 9/16 x 5 5/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World