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Ivory inlay of a symmetrical animal form (frog?)

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This is one of six ornamental ivory inlay pieces that originally adorned the right side arm at the foot of a wooden (ebony?) bed. It is carved in the form of a symmetrical stylized motif, possibly representing a frog, turtle, or an animal skin. Details are added by incision and notching. It...

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From Kerma, tomb K1053.1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

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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: 5 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World