Ivory inlays of symmetrical animal forms (frogs?)

Nubian
Classic Kerma
Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 444

Dimensions

Width x Depth x Length: 2.6 x 0.3 x 5 cm (1 x 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1526

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition