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Ivory inlays of leaves (lotus petals?)

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This is a group of 32 ivory inlays and fragments (originally 25 whole inlays, but some are broken), all of which were carved in the shape of leaves. They would have belonged to a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Some still retain traces of the mud used to attach them.


From Kerma, K1600C. 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: 4.2 x 1.6 x 0.4 cm (1 5/8 x 5/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World