Horn protectors

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K321x


Depth x Length: 4.7 x 5.6 cm (1 7/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Not On View


The Ancient World



This horn protector is one of a pair discovered together (see object 20.1452a. Its is generally cylindrical in shape with concave sides, which are well smoothed. It is in good condition other than noticable cracks that do not appear to run completely through. A fragment of horn(?) remains in the center.

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


From Kerma, K321X. February 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition