Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K309
Height x width x depth: 9.3 x 3 x 0.5 cm (3 11/16 x 1 3/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Details are rendered by incision: wing feathers are indicated by long notches along lower edge and small notches along the upper edge. Somewhat thinner lines are used for outlining body components and facial details. The piece has discolored and is in many fragments and splinters. It appears that the fragments represent a nearly complete inlay, however.
From Kerma, K309. December 1913: 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition