Inlay of a hyena

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height x length x width: 11.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 cm (4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4221e

Medium or Technique

Hippopotamus ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

This ivory inlay is one of five depicting hyenas that formed the bottom row of a panel at the foot of a wooden (ebony ) funerary bed. Incised lines are used for details, which may originally have been filled with pigment. The mouth is a zigzag line, arcs give form to the body, and notches along the edges of the back and tail are used for fur.

This inlay forms a set that includes objects 13.4219-13.4223.

Provenance

From Kerma: Tumulus K X, tomb K1053. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition