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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This is an ivory inlay piece carved in the shape of a vulture with outstretched wings. Such inlays were often used for wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. Incised lines indicate feather patterns (long lines on lower wing edges and short, notched lines along the upper edge), legs, talon, and...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb 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)

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: 14.5 x 6 x 0.3 cm (5 11/16 x 2 3/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1527

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture