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Ivory inlay of two goats feeding on a tree

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This object includes fragments of an ivory inlay depicting a scene of two goats flanking (and feeding from) a tree, one of several similar inlays from the same tomb. Such inlays would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The surviving fragments do not comprise a complete piece.


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

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


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 7.5 x 10.8 x 0.3 cm (2 15/16 x 4 1/4 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World