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Ivory inlay of a giraffe

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These two fragments are parts of an ivory inlay carved to depict a giraffe. They would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The pice is broken at the neck, and the lower portion of the legs has broken away and is missing. The pieces are still embedded in remains of...

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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)

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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: 7.5 x 1 x 3 cm (2 15/16 x 3/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World