about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1084
Height x depth: 6.6 x 3.7 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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These two ram horn protectors are of long, somewhat irregular proportions. Their general shape is almost conical, with one wider side narrowing along slightly concave sides to an opposite end of smaller diameter. They are capped at the wide ends with ivory discs.
Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.
From Kerma, tumulus 10, grave 1084( 1084:7. 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; 1920: Received by the MFA.
(Accession date: March 1, 1920)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition