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Ivory inlays of three ostriches

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This is a group of three ivory inlays in the shape of standing ostriches with raised wings. One is nearly complete, having a broken leg with a small segment missing, while the other two are slightly more fragmentary and missing portions. Incised and notched lines have been added to render...

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From Kerma, tomb K1095. March 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, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World