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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. It is currently in broken condition, but nearly complete. Incised details include: notches for wing feathers, body outlines, and...

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From Kerma, tomb K 439. 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: 4.3 x 15.3 x 0.4 cm (1 11/16 x 6 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World