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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 originally adorning 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. It is part of a set that includes objects...

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

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Mid-Classic Kerma, about 1660–1630 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5 x 2.6 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World