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Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

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This ivory inlay fragment is part of an inlay that depicts an ostrich chick. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The surviving portion shows the body of the chick, which has been decorated with a pattern of circles bored into the surface. The legs and...

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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: 3.3 x 3.8 x 1 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World