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 of a hyena

Start collecting

This ivory inlay is one of five depicting hyenas that formed the bottom row of a panel at the foot of a wooden (ebony ?) funerary bed. Incised lines are used for details, which may originally have been filled with pigment. The mouth is a zigzag line, arcs give form to the body, and notches...

Show Full Description


From Kerma: tomb K1053. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x length x width: 11.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 cm (4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hippo ivory


The Ancient World