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Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

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This object is an ivory inlay in the shape of an ostrich chick. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is fully embedded in mud used to attach the inlay. For several similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see objects 20.1346-20.1353.

Provenance

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)

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: 3.9 x 3.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1348

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture