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Ivory inlay of an ostrich

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This fragmentary ivory inlay, now in six pieces (one large and five very small), was carved in the form of a large bird, likely an ostrich, with wings raised. Portions of the legs, tail, and head have broken off, and some portions are missing. Details of the figure have been added by incision,...

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From Kerma, K1096. March 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-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: 6.7 x 3.6 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World