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Fragments of ivory objects

Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka
750–270 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 62


Overall: 4.4 x 2.1 x 0.3 cm (1 3/4 x 13/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



Large quantity of fragments of ivory objects, including one in the shape of a falcon-headed god, fragments of djed pillars, and rectangular inlays with incised marks (all or part of 24.1012). [Also note that 19-3-1460 = 24.1754]

Fifteen fragments, joined with 19-4-67 (Illustrated in publication, fig. 33d):
19-3-1460a: three joined fragments of ivory inlay, inscribed with a cartouche of Shabako
19-3-1460b: rectangular inscribed fragment
19-3-1460c: three fragments inscribed, part of a cartouche
19-3-1460f: inscribed fragment with hieroglyphs
19-3-1460g: two inscribed fragments
19-3-1460k: fragment with an inscribed djed pillar
19-3-1460l: two joined fragments, lower section of a seated person
19-3-1460m: inscribed fragment
19-3-1460n: inscribed fragment
19-3-1460o: inscribed fragment
19-3-1460p: inscribed fragment
19-3-1460q: inscribed fragment with lower half of bird

19-3-1460j: Fragments of djed pillars and flowers, about 150 fragments of large djed pillars and floral bunches with pegged bases for insertion. Some fitting. Three large pieces of flowers, plus six smaller floral pieces. Ten pieces of top of djed pillar (two nearly whole), eight large pieces of column. Plus numerous small unidentifiable fragments. See also 24.1754, these are pieces not used in its reconstruction.


From el-Kurru, pyramid 62. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition