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Ivory inlays of symmetrical animal forms (frogs?)

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This group is comprised of five ornamental ivory inlay pieces, two complete, one with only a corner missing, and fragments from at least two more. They are rectangular inlays with incised line decoration producing a symmetrical motif likely depicting a stylised frog, turtle, or animal skin. ...

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From Kerma, tomb K. 444. January 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.


Nubia (Sudan)


Width x Depth x Length: 2.6 x 0.3 x 5 cm (1 x 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World