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Ivory inlays of two single-tiered trees

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Two trees, single branched. Both broken but complete. These two ivory inlay pieces each depicts a tree with a single tier of branches. Details of trunk sections and foliage have been added with incised lines. A trunk section of one has broken away. Such inlays were often used for wooden...

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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: 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.3 cm (1 3/8 x 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World