Ivory inlay of a giraffe

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm (2 1/16 x 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1337

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay was carved to depict a giraffe and would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is now in seven fragments with much of the original missing. The largest fragment shows the front portion of the giraffe’s torso and upper front legs. Other portions of the figure are preserved in smaller fragments. Some pieces still adhere to remnants of mud adhesive. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave 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