Ivory inlay of a vulture

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 4.3 x 15.3 x 0.4 cm (1 11/16 x 6 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1370

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece, one of several shaped as vultures with outstretched wings from the same tomb, would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is currently in broken condition, but nearly complete. Incised details include: notches for wing feathers, body outlines, and facial features.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 439. 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