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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This fragmentary ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. Only the head, body, proper left wing, and a leg have preserved along with three additional small fragments. The vulture's eye, feathers, and outline of body details have been rendered by incised lines. Such inlays...

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From Kerma, tomb KXVI/K1600C. 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: 3.5 x 7 x 0.4 cm (1 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World