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Ivory inlay of a tree

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Three fragments of an ivory inlay piece are parts of an original that depicted a two-tiered tree motif with incised details to indicate foliage. Some fragments have broken away and are missing. The remaining fragments still have remnants of the mud used for attachment. For a group of...

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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

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


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 5.7 x 2.4 x 0.2 cm (2 1/4 x 15/16 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World