Horn protector fragments

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K433

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

20.1445

Medium or Technique

Ivory, wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition