Ivory inlay fragments of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K439

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 16 x 5.4 x 0.4 cm (6 5/16 x 2 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1528

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

These fragments belong to an ivory inlay piece carved in the shape of a vulture with outstretched wings. Such inlays were often used for wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. Incised lines indicate feather patterns and body details. It is in very fragmentary condition with significant portions missing.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K439. January 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