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Red polished vessel fragment with crocodile applique

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This is a fragment of a red polished bowl or jar. Applique decoration has been added in the form of a modelled crocodlie with incised lines on its back to indicate scales. Part of the tail is missing due to the way the fragment broke off the vessel.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave X-B. 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: July 26, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.6 x 13.5 x 6.6 cm (1 x 5 5/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World