Ivory inlay of a fox

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1090

Dimensions

Width x length x thickness: 10.4 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm (4 1/8 x 1 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1553c

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece, shaped as a fox, would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is missing the lower portions of both one front and one hind leg. One ear is almost completely missing, while the other is missing a small chip. Incised lines have been added to the edges of the tail as an indication of fur.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K1090. 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