Ivory inlays of trees

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K439

Dimensions

Height x width: 3 x 1.9 cm (1 3/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1531

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This group of ivory inlay fragments comprise parts of at least ten trees, including types with two and three tiers of branches. Details of trunks and foliage have been added as incised lines. Though large sections of a few remain, none appears to be complete. Such inlays were used as decoration in wooden fixtures such as funerary beds.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K439. 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