Inlay in the form of an animal skin (?)

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tomb K1053, South Cemetery

Dimensions

Overall: 5 x 2.6 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4223a

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This is one of six ornamental ivory inlay pieces originally adorning the right side arm at the foot of a wooden (ebony?) bed. It is carved in the form of a symmetrical stylized motif, possibly representing a frog, turtle, or an animal skin. It is part of a set that includes objects 13.4219-13.4223a-f.

13.4223a is unlocated and is not housed with b-f.

Provenance

From Kerma, South Cemetery, tomb K1053. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition