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Ivory inlays of leaves (lotus petals?) and rectangles

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This group of numerous ivory inlay pieces contains two whole pieces shaped as leaves, many rectangular or fragments of rectangular inlays, and many smaller fragments of both types. Such inlays would have been used to adorn wooden fixtures such as funerary beds.


From Kerma, KXXIII, K2300x. 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, Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


height x width x Depth (largest fragment): 1.7 x 5 x 0.3 cm (11/16 x 1 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World