Horn protector

Nubian
Early Kerma
about 2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1061:27

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.4 x 3.7 cm (1 3/4 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4164

Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This is one of two horn caps discovered together (Su988; see also object 13.4165). It’s shape is generally cylindrical at one end, while flaring towards opposite. The latter end has cracked in several spots. The rim of the narrow end has dark brown organic remnants adhering to it.

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

Provenance

From Kerma, K1061:27. 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