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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 carved in the form of an ostrich chick with wings spread. It is largely complete, the head and one foot having broken off. The body is decorated with a pattern of circles bored into the...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemtery, 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: 3.6 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 7/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World