Ivory inlay of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K309

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 19.5 x 0.3 cm (2 1/16 x 7 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1507

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has broken into several fragments. The head and some upper and lower edges are missing. The remaining fragments have been reassembled.

Provenance

From Kerma, K309. 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