Horn protector

Nubian
Early Kerma
about 2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1043:8

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.3 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4162

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This fragment, fashioned from ivory, comprises approximatey half of a protective cap likely for a ram’s horn.

Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1043:8. 1912-13: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition