Ivory inlay of a giraffe

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7.5 x 1 x 3 cm (2 15/16 x 3/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1336

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

These two fragments are parts of an ivory inlay carved to depict a giraffe. They would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The pice is broken at the neck, and the lower portion of the legs has broken away and is missing. The pieces are still embedded in remains of the mud used as adhesive. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.

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