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Ivory inlay of Taweret

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This ivory inlay 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 indicate the mouth, eye, ear, one pendulous breast, and both pleats and tie of the skirt. There is a...

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From Kerma, tomb 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: 12.2 x 3.1 x 0.2 cm (4 13/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World