Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Height x width x depth: 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 1 x 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has been shaped in the form of an ostrich chick with wings raised. The body of the ostrich is decorated with a pattern of bored circles. It is largely complete, two fragments having been rejoined. Only the head is missing. The inlay is still embedded in mud used to attach it to its original fixture.
For several similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see objects 20.1346-20.1353.
From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition