Ivory inlay of a giraffe
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Height x width x depth: 8 x 2.5 x 1.1 cm (3 1/8 x 1 x 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is an ivory inlay piece that would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has been carved to depict a giraffe, all but the head of which has preserved. It still adheres to mud that was used to attach it to its original fixture. 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