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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has broken into several fragments. The head and some upper and lower edges are missing. The remaining fragments have been reassembled.


From Kerma, 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 19.5 x 0.3 cm (2 1/16 x 7 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World