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Ivory inlays of trees

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These ivory inlay pieces are from two originals chaped as trees. One tree has a single tier of brances. It is nearly complete. The other, in more fragmentary condition with some portions missing, seems to have had three tiers of branchs. For both trees, incised lines have been used to show...

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From Kerma, tomb K439. 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, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 2.7 x 2.4 x 0.3 cm (1 1/16 x 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World