Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K309

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 9.3 x 3 x 0.5 cm (3 11/16 x 1 3/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1506

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition