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Leg from a funerary bed

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The upper portion of the bed leg grows out of the back of a goose, which nestles down on the box support. Its feathers were finely chased after the form was cast. The head and pointed beak are examples of particularly fine artistic and technical workmanship. The significance of this motif lies...

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From el-Kurru, tomb 72. 1919: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.

Object Place

el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan


Height x weight x thickness: 56.1 x 13 x 30.5 cm (22 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 12 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World