Ivory inlay of a giraffe

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8 x 2.5 x 1.1 cm (3 1/8 x 1 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1341

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 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.

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