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Ivory inlay of a giraffe

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This is a large fragment of an ivory inlay carved in the form of a giraffe. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The giraffe's lower legs are broken off and missing. Remains of the mud used as adhesive still adhere to the inlay. For several similar inlays...

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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: 7.5 x 3 x 1.1 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1338

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture