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Ivory inlays and fragments of ostrich chicks

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This group consists of the remains of five ivory inlays in the shape of ostrich chicks. Two are nearly complete, and the other three are fragmentary. Two large fragments are still embedded in mud. The bodies of the chicks have been decorated with circles bored into the surface. A similar...

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From Kerma, tomb K1096. March 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 depth: 4.2 x 3.3 x 1 cm (1 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World