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Ivory inlay of Taweret

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This fragmentary ivory inlay depicts the goddess Taweret, facing right and wearing a slightly flaring skirt with pleats. In complete condition she would likely have had one arm extended forward holding a knife up in front of her face. Irregularly incised lines and notches add details such as...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 11.8 x 3.4 x 0.2 cm (4 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1643

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture