Horn protector fragments

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K433


Length x depth: 4 x 0.2 cm (1 9/16 x 1/16 in.) Ostrich Egg Shell: Overall: 0.8 x 0.2 x 1.7 cm (5/16 x 1/16 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, wood

Not On View


The Ancient World



This group of fragments, including an ivory/shell disc and a piece of wood with ivory/bone inlays, would originally have been parts of a horn protector of some other material (likely wood).

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


From Kerma, K433. January 1914: 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition