about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1600Bx
Height x diameter: 3.8 x 4.4 cm (1 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ivory, organic remains
Not On View
This is approximately one half of a horn protector, originally cylindrical in shape with concave sides. Applied to both the top and bottom are single incised lines. The surface is fairly well smoothed and polished, and, though incomplete, the object shows good preservation. Decayed, brown organic remnants (possibly horn, wood, or remains of a missing cap) adhere to one end.
Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.
From Kerma, K1600 Bx. 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition