Ivory inlay of a bird (pheasant?)

Nubian
Classic Kerma
Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1001:5

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 cm (1 11/16 x 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4207

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This inlay fragment depicts the head of a bird (ostrich/bustard) with a long neck and prominently rendered head feathers. A small portion of a wing appear behind the head as well. Details such as eye, mouth, and feathers are incised and filled with a brown fill. The inlay accompanies object 13.4206.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1001:5. 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition