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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This ivory inlay, cracked into several pieces butmended, depicts a vulture with one wing outstretched behind its body, one tucked. Of the type with only one wing (right) stretched behind body. The main breaks include the head (separated entirely) and two near the center. Wide, notched...

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From Kerma, K439. 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: 3.4 x 8.4 x 0.2 cm (1 5/16 x 3 5/16 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World