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Ivory inlay of a leaf (lotus petal?) and an additional fragment

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This object number includes two ivory inlay pieces: one complete piece in the shape of a leaf and one cylindrical fragment, the latter of which may be an inlay or another type of object (i.e. perhaps a fragment of a gaming piece). A similar staff fragment and a rectangular inlay piece are no...

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Provenance

From Kerma, K1600C3. January 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: 1.6 x 4 x 0.5 cm (5/8 x 1 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1380

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture