Ivory inlay of a vulture
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1600C
Height x width x depth: 3.5 x 7 x 0.4 cm (1 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This fragmentary ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. Only the head, body, proper left wing, and a leg have preserved along with three additional small fragments. The vulture’s eye, feathers, and outline of body details have been rendered by incised lines. Such inlays often adorned wooden fixtures such as funerary beds.
From Kerma, tomb KXVI/K1600C. 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition