User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Ivory inlays of tear-drops with one hole

Start collecting

This group is comprised of six of eight (two missing) dtop-shaped inlay pieces of ivory. Each is has been bored with a single hole at the center of length. They may originally have been components of rosette patterns. For similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see also object 20.1543a-d. ...

Show Full Description


From Kerma, tomb K1623. February 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


height x width x Depth (largest): 3.4 x 1.3 x 0.2 cm (1 5/16 x 1/2 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World