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.)
Medium or Technique
Ivory, organic remains
Not On View
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition