about 2400–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma
Height x width x depth: 5.5 x 5 x 5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This wooden or degraded ivory horn protector is inlaid with triangular pieces of ivory (likely ostrich eggshell) and capped with an ivory disc. It also has substantial remains of wax over many areas.
Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.
From Nubia, Kerma, southern cemetery, K16, grave K1620. 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition