Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 3.3 x 3.8 x 1 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1351

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay fragment is part of an inlay that depicts an ostrich chick. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The surviving portion shows the body of the chick, which has been decorated with a pattern of circles bored into the surface. The legs and head have broken off and are missing. It is still embedded in adhesive 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