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Ivory inlays of a symmetrical animal form (frogs?)

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These seven ornamental inlays of ivory originally adorned the left arm and foot of a wooden (ebony?) funerary bed. They take the form of a symmetrical, stylized motif possibly representing a turtle, frog, or animal skin. Details are added by incision and notching. Some exhibit small areas of...

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From Kerma, K1053. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

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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: 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World