Horn protector fragments
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K433
Length x depth: 4 x 0.2 cm (1 9/16 x 1/16 in.) Ostrich Egg Shell: Overall: 0.8 x 0.2 x 1.7 cm (5/16 x 1/16 x 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This group of fragments, including an ivory/shell disc and a piece of wood with ivory/bone inlays, would originally have been parts of a horn protector of some other material (likely wood).
Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.
From Kerma, K433. 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.
(Accession date: March 1, 1920)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition