Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Tumulus K IV, grave 439

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8 x 4.2 x 0.2 cm (3 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1513

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay depicting a vulture with wings outspread once decorated a wooden bed. The body and right wing are complete, although in two fragments; the beak and left wing are missing.

Provenance

From Kerma, tumulus IV, grave 439. 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