Fragments of ivory staff or lid

Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Meroitic Cemetery, K7


Height x depth: 2.4 x 2 cm (15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Function unknown

7 fragments of ivory possibly from the top of a staff or cap of kohl tube; from two objects. Cylindrical with slightly angled sides, hollow center with thin side walls at one end to thicker at the other. Thicker end is decorated with 6 horizontal stripes. Larger piece has sides with four four impressed dots each, arranged in a diamond pattern. Smaller piece has three diamonds also of four dots.


From Kerma, Meroitic cemetery, grave K7. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition