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Ivory inlays of gazelle heads

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This is a group of five ivory inlay pieces carved in the shape of gazelle heads, rendered in profile. Three are missing their necks, while on two the necks remain. Incised lines of varying thickness are used for eyes, mouths and noses. On one example the mouth appears to have been carved out...

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From Kerma, tomb K1090. 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)


Width x length x thickness: 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.4 cm (1 7/16 x 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World