Horn protector

Early Kerma
about 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1061:27


Height x diameter: 4.4 x 3.7 cm (1 3/4 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View


The Ancient World



This is one of two horn caps discovered together (Su988; see also object 13.4165). It’s shape is generally cylindrical at one end, while flaring towards opposite. The latter end has cracked in several spots. The rim of the narrow end has dark brown organic remnants adhering to it.

Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.


From Kerma, K1061:27. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition