Ivory inlay of a giraffe
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Height x width x depth: 7.5 x 3 x 1.1 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition