Ivory inlay of a bustard

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 1096

Dimensions

Height: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1323

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay, which originally adorned a wooden funerary bed, is carved in the shape of a bustard (a large game bird, also sometimes called a crested ibis or shoebill stork) with wings spread. Details have been added by incision and notching, including facial details, head feathers, and wings. It is largely complete except for a portion of the tail that has split away and is missing.

Provenance

From Kerma: K 1096. March 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