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Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

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This ivory inlay would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has been carved in the shape of a striding ostrich chick with raised wings. The head has broken off and is missing, while one wing has also broken off but remains. The body has been decorated with a pattern of...

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

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The Ancient World