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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This ivory inlay piece has been carved in the shape of a vulture with outstretched wings. Such inlays often adorned wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. Incised lines have been used to indicate feather pattern and body details. The inlay is broken into several fragments, but is nearly...

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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)

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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: 15 x 5 x 0.3 cm (5 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World