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

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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 Depth14 x 3.6 x 0.3 cm (5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World