Horn protector

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma


Depth x Length: 2.8 x 4.5 cm (1 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View


The Ancient World



This horn protector, now in four fragments of varying size, is of squat cylindrical proportions with slightly concave sides. Dark brown organic remains adhering to the proper interior side of especially the largest fragment is likely horn.

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


From Kerma. 1913-16: 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; 1920: Received by the MFA.

(Accession date: September 22, 1933)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition