Ivory inlay of a lion

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K407

Dimensions

Height x length: 3.8 x 8.2 cm (1 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1530

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece has been carved in the shape of a crouching lion. It was originally a decorative component on the footboard of a funerary bed. Incised lines indicated facial details, paws, and leg definition. A fragment of the tail has broken away and is missing. Otherwise the inlay is complete.

Provenance

From Kerma: tomb K407. December 1913: 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