Ivory inlay of an ostrich

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Width x length x thickness: 3.6 x 8.7 x 0.9 cm (1 7/16 x 3 7/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1335

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay piece would originally have adorned a wooden fixture, likely a funerary bed. It is carved to depict an ostrich with wings raised. Both legs and the beak broken have been broken, though portions remain as four separate fragments.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1096. March 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