Ivory inlay of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1600C

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 3.5 x 7 x 0.4 cm (1 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1539

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition