Ivory inlay of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K439

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 15 x 5 x 0.3 cm (5 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1529

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 vulture with outstretched wings. Such inlays often adorned wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. Incised lines have been used to indicate feather pattern and body details. The inlay is broken into several fragments, but is nearly complete. Missing portions include the head and the leg(s), and wing tips.

Provenance

From Kerma , tomb K439. 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