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

13.4165

Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This is one of two horn protectors found together (Su988; see also abject 13.4164). It is cylindrical with concave sides and is comprised of two fitted halves. Copper rivets have been applied to the sides. There are small, superficial cracks in some surfaces. Degraded brown organic remnants (possibly horn) remain in the interior. Possibly repaired in ancient times.

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

Provenance

From Kerma, K1061:27. 1913: 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