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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 left and holding a knife in front of her, wearing a somewhat flaring, pleated skirt. Incised lines indicate the mouth, an arm, and one pendulous breast. It is in...

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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.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 9.8 x 3.9 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 1 9/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World