Inlay in the form of an animal skin (?)

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1053, Easting: 0.000, Northing: 0.000

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4223c

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This is one of six ornamental ivory inlay pieces that originally adorned 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.
Details are added by incision and notching.
It is part of a set that includes objects 13.4219-13.4223.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition