Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width: 3.9 x 3.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1348

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This object is an ivory inlay in the shape of an ostrich chick. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is fully embedded in mud used to attach the inlay.
For several similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see objects 20.1346-20.1353.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition