Ivory inlay of a tree

Nubia
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.7 x 2.4 x 0.2 cm (2 1/4 x 15/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1366

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

Three fragments of an ivory inlay piece are parts of an original that depicted a two-tiered tree motif with incised details to indicate foliage. Some fragments have broken away and are missing. The remaining fragments still have remnants of the mud used for attachment.

For a group of similar plant/tree motifs see objects 20.1360-67, 20.1531-38, 14-1-236 to 14-1-243, 14-265 to 14-274.

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