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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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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 4 x 14.3 x 0.3 cm (1 9/16 x 5 5/8 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World