Horn protector

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma

Dimensions

Depth x Length: 2.8 x 4.5 cm (1 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.2033

Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This horn protector, now in four fragments of varying size, is of squat cylindrical proportions with slightly concave sides. Dark brown organic remains adhering to the proper interior side of especially the largest fragment is likely horn.

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

Provenance

From Kerma. 1913-16: 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: September 22, 1933)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition