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Ivory inlay fragments of multiple animals (including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, turtles, and birds)

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a. 12 fragments of elephant inlays b. Fragments of 4-5 large crocodiles, straight, not curved c. Fragments of 5-8 smaller crocodiles d. Head of a hippo e. Parts of two turtles f. Parts of two birds (Large wing, 2 smaller wings, and 3 feet)

Provenance

From Nubia, Kerma, KXV. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

15-5-128f

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture