Ivory inlay of a tree

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K. 439

Dimensions

Height: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1532

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece depicts a tree with a single tier of branches. Details of trunk sections and foliage have been added with incised lines. The inlay may have belonged to a funerary bed, as similar decoration was often used to adorn such wooden fixtures.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K. 439. January, 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