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Ivory inlays of a symmetrical animal form (frog?)

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These ten ornamental inlay pieces of ivory would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. They are carved in a symmetrical, stylized motif that may depict a turtle, frog, or animal skin. Not all have been carved to precisely the same dimensions. The ivory has discolored slightly...

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From Kerma, K449. March 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

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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: 3.8 x 2.1 x 0.3 cm (1 1/2 x 13/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World