Ivory inlay of an ostrich

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width: 6.7 x 3.6 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1327

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This fragmentary ivory inlay, now in six pieces (one large and five very small), was carved in the form of a large bird, likely an ostrich, with wings raised. Portions of the legs, tail, and head have broken off, and some portions are missing. Details of the figure have been added by incision, including wing feathers and facial details. Many surfaces exhibit superficial cracks.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1096. March 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-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