about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 1620x
Height x diameter: 4.6 x 3.3 cm (1 13/16 x 1 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ivory, organic remains
Not On View
This is a pair of horn protectors. They are comprised of small fitted pieces of ivory which now show sizable breaks. Remnants of decayed, dark brown oganic matter adhere to the interiors (possibly horn remnants or wood). Likely residues of mud cement on the end of one likely indicate the original presence of a cap.
Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.
From Kerma, K1620x. February 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