Horn protectors

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1084

Dimensions

Height x depth: 6.6 x 3.7 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1455

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

These two ram horn protectors are of long, somewhat irregular proportions. Their general shape is almost conical, with one wider side narrowing along slightly concave sides to an opposite end of smaller diameter. They are capped at the wide ends with ivory discs.

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

Provenance

From Kerma, tumulus 10, grave 1084( 1084:7. 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition