Fragments of ivory staff or lid

Nubian
Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K7 (Meroitic Cemetery)

Dimensions

Height x depth: 2.4 x 2 cm (15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4251

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

7 fragments of ivory possibly from the top of a staff or cap of kohl tube; from two objects. Cylindrical with slightly angled sides, hollow center with thin side walls at one end to thicker at the other. Thicker end is decorated with 6 horizontal stripes. Larger piece has sides with four four impressed dots each, arranged in a diamond pattern. Smaller piece has three diamonds also of four dots.

Provenance

From Kerma, Meroitic cemetery, grave K7. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition