Ivory inlays of three ostriches

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1095

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1550a-c

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This is a group of three ivory inlays in the shape of standing ostriches with raised wings. One is nearly complete, having a broken leg with a small segment missing, while the other two are slightly more fragmentary and missing portions. Incised and notched lines have been added to render details such as feathers, facial details and feet.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K1095. 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