Ivory inlays of symmetrical animal forms (frogs?)
Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 444
Width x Depth x Length: 2.6 x 0.3 x 5 cm (1 x 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This group is comprised of five ornamental ivory inlay pieces, two complete, one with only a corner missing, and fragments from at least two more. They are rectangular inlays with incised line decoration producing a symmetrical motif likely depicting a stylised frog, turtle, or animal skin. Such inlays were used to adorn wooden fixtures such as funerary beds.
From Kerma, tomb K. 444. January 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