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 3 x 1.1 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1338

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This is a large fragment of an ivory inlay carved in the form of a giraffe. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The giraffe’s lower legs are broken off and missing. Remains of the mud used as adhesive still adhere to the inlay. 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