Ivory inlay of a bustard
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 1096
Height: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)
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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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition