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Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

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Though the accession card for this object lists three fragments of an ivory inlay, only one large fragment can be identified as object 20.1352. However, several possible additional fragments are housed with it. The original inlay would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The...

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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: 3.5 x 3.4 x 0.1 cm (1 3/8 x 1 5/16 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World