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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. Details are rendered by incision: wing feathers are indicated by long notches along lower edge and small notches along the upper edge. Somewhat thinner lines are...

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From Kerma, tomb K 449x. 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 depth x length: 2.8 x 0.3 x 8.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World