Ivory inlay of a tree

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1090

Dimensions

Width x Depth x Length: 3 x 0.4 x 3 cm (1 3/16 x 3/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1555

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece takes the shape of a small tree with one tier of branches. Foliage is indicated by short incised lines along the curved upper edges. Such inlays were often used as decoration on wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. The surface of the ivory appears somewhat cracked and battered.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K1090. 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