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Ivory inlay of a two-tiered tree

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Three fragments of an ivory inlay piece comprise a nearly complete two-tiered tree motif with incised details to indicate foliage. For a group of similar plant/tree motifs see objects 20.1360-67, 20.1531-38, 14-1-236 to 14-1-243, 14-265 to 14-274.

Provenance

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)

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: 5.2 x 2.2 x 0.2 cm (2 1/16 x 7/8 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1364

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture