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Ivory inlay of Taweret

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This ivory inlay piece, which would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed, depicts the upper half of Taweret, facing right with a knife. The image is somewhat stylised with lightly incised details to indicate the mouth, arm, and one pendulous breast. There are two prominent...

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From Kerma, K309. December 1913: 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: 8.6 x 4.5 x 0.3 cm (3 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World