Ivory inlay of a giraffe

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 4.5 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1340

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This is an ivory inlay piece that would originally have adorned a fixture such as a funerary bed. It was carved to depict a giraffe. The surviving two fragments, one large and one small, preserve the lower neck, the body, and upper legs. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemtery, 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