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Ivory inlay of a vulture

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This ivory inlay piece, one of several shaped as vultures with outstretched wings from the same tomb, would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Incised details include: feathers indicated by long notches along lower edge and small notches along the upper edges of the wings,...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 439, 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

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 4.4 x 13 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1354

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture