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Ivory inlay of Taweret

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This ivory inlay, which would once have belonged to 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 with pleats. Lightly incised lines indicate the mouth, an arm, and one pendulous breast. ...

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From Kerma, tomb K 439. January 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: 10.5 x 4.2 x 0.3 cm (4 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World