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Ivory inlay of a hyena

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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...

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Provenance

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.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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

13.4221e

Medium or Technique

Hippo ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture