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Ivory inlay of a giraffe

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This is an ivory inlay piece that would originally have adorned a fixture such as a funerary bed. It was carved to depict a giraffe. The surviving two fragments, one large and one small, preserve the lower neck, the body, and upper legs. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemtery, 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)

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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: 4.5 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World