Ivory inlays of trees
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K439
Height x width: 3 x 1.9 cm (1 3/16 x 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition