Buttons and hide
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KXB-183
Overall: 8.5 x 8.5 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Two buttons of woven reed fibre covered in leather and fragments of leather with orange-yellow hair still adhering (gazelle skin?). Mass of folded hide, dressed - possibly garment. Several fragments of hide wrapped around a mass of straw. One large tassel from which the hide has gone is composed half of grass, fibre and half of a coiled cord - the 2 being separated by a layer of hide.
From Kerma, KXB, sacrificial corridor, object 183. March 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition