Ivory inlay fragment of a tree

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1095 (?)

Dimensions

Width x Depth x Length: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.7 cm (11/16 x 1/8 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1551

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece is a fragment of an original shaped as a tree with at least two tiers of branches. It would originally have adorned a wooden funerary bed. A portion has broken away and is missing. The brown residue that coats many surfaces is likely remnant mud used as an adhesive for attaching the inlay to the bed.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K1095 (?). March 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