Leather rhinocerous

Nubian
Kerma
2400–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KX(4)-I

Dimensions

Overall: 11 x 21 cm (4 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1778

Medium or Technique

Leather

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

Upper debris of KXB yielded a piece of rawhide cleanly cut to be characteristic a outline of the one horned or black rhinocerous. The edges were so well done that the figure could have hardly been have used under an opening in leather or cloth after the manner of the mica ornaments; and there were no holes for sewing into a garment. Possibly this piece was inlaid in wood being cemented fast in an incision with the hair side up.

Provenance

From Nubia, Kerma. [as per Object Register] KX(4)-I.] 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition