Ivory inlay of a bustard

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width: 8 x 4.1 cm (3 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1324

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition