Fragments of gaming throw sticks

Nubian
Kerma
2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tomb K2100

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.5 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm (2 3/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1522

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Recreational

This is a group of more than thirty ivory fragments, each fragment a strip with one flat (under)side and one rounded (upper) side (i.e. semi-circular in section). The routed sides have been decorated with incised, black-filled lines. They were probably throwsticks for gaming.

For associated pieces see 14-1-602, and for a similar set see 15-3-281.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K2100. January 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition