Horn protector

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KIII 5

Dimensions

Length x Diameter: 7.1 x 1.1 cm (2 13/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1453

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This horn protector exhibits very slender proportions with concave sides flaring to heads of unequal diameter. It has broken and been mended. Some cracks are evident, and some chips are missing from the edge of the wider end. Otherwise it is in good condition.

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

Provenance

From Kerma, III 5. February 1914: 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; 1920: Received by the MFA.

(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition