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Ivory inlay of a lion

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This ivory inlay piece has been carved in the shape of a crouching lion. It was originally a decorative component on the footboard of a funerary bed. Incised lines indicated facial details, paws, and leg definition. A fragment of the tail has broken away and is missing. Otherwise the inlay is...

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From Kerma: tomb K407. December 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: 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: 3.8 x 8.2 cm (1 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World