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Buttons and hide

Classic Kerma
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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Goat hide

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition