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Buttons and hide

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KXB-183

Dimensions

Overall: 8.5 x 8.5 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1423

Medium or Technique

Goat hide

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cordage

Two buttons of woven reed fibre covered in leather and fragments of leather with orange-yellow hair still adhering (gazelle skin?). Mass of folded hide, dressed - possibly garment. Several fragments of hide wrapped around a mass of straw. One large tassel  from which the hide has gone is composed half of grass, fibre and half of a coiled cord - the 2 being separated by a layer of hide.

Provenance

From Kerma, KXB, sacrificial corridor, object 183. March 1914: 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