Ivory inlay of a bustard
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Height x width: 8 x 4.1 cm (3 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece is broken into five fragments with portions missing. It is carved in the form of a large bird, likely a bustard (a large game bird, also sometimes called a crested ibis or shoebill stork) with wings spread upwards. It is broken at the neck, and much of the end of the tail is missing. Details were added through incisions and notching. It is in poor condition.
From Kerma, K1096. 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