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Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

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This ivory inlay piece would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has been shaped in the form of an ostrich chick with wings raised. The body of the ostrich is decorated with a pattern of bored circles. It is largely complete, two fragments having been rejoined....

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From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave K1096. March 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)

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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 x depth: 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 1 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World