Horn protector

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1803-3x

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.3 x 4.2 cm (1 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1448

Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This is a horn protector comprised of two fitted pieces that join to make a cylindrical whole with concave sides. Brown, somewhat degraded organic remains are evident on the interior; possibly degraded wood or horn. Incised bands have been applied around both base and top. Fragments have split off and are missing.

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

Provenance

From Kerma, K1803-3x. January 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