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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 slightly flaring skirt with pleats. Irregularly incised lines and notches add detail to a somewhat schematic...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K307. 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)

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: 8.6 x 4.5 x 0.3 cm (3 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1641

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture