Inlay in the form of an animal skin (?)

Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 1053


Height x width x depth: 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 15/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



These seven ornamental inlays of ivory originally adorned the left arm and foot of a wooden (ebony?) funerary bed. They take the form of a symmetrical, stylized motif possibly representing a turtle, frog, or animal skin. Details are added by incision and notching. Some exhibit small areas of discoloration and cracking, but in general they are in good condition.

These inlays comprise a set that includes objects 13.4219-13.4223.


From Kerma, K1053. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition