Ivory inlay fragments of a giraffe

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm (2 3/4 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1342

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

These five fragments of an ivory inlay piece originally depicted a giraffe. The complete piece would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Much of the figure has broken away and is missing. Remaining fragments are the head, some of the neck, body, and upper legs. Some fragments are still embedded in the mud used to attach them to the original fixture. They are also coated with wax, which was used in the excavation process. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave K1096. 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