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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 goddess Taweret, facing right and holding a knife in front of her, wearing a somewhat flaring skirt. Lightly incised lines indicate the mouth, arm, and one pendulous breast. It has broken into...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 439. 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 9.8 x 4.3 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 1 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1514

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture