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Ivory inlay of a turtle

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This ivory inlay piece is in the shape of a turtle. Such inlays were used to decorate wooden fixtures such as funerary bed. It is nearly complete, missing only outer portions of the legs. The eyes are bored into the surface.


From Kerma, tumulus K XV, Chapel D. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan in the division of finds. (Accession Date: MArch 25, 1992)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Width x Depth x Height x thickness: 3.2 x 6.3 x 0.2 cm (1 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World