Ivory bar

Classic Kerma
Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1630x


Height x width x depth: 13.2 x 4.2 x 0.9 cm (5 3/16 x 1 5/8 x 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This ivory object may be a small cross-bar from the back of a chair. Its form is a heavy rectangular bar with a square peg on each of the short ends for joining. One end has largely broken/degraded away. One inner surface has depression from wear. A reference to this item considers it “from a different type of bed to those in grave or from a chair, probably intrusive.” Thus, a chair was most likely broken and dispersed over the site of discovery. For very similar pieces excavated from other locations see objects 13.4161, 20.1524.


From Kerma, tomb K1630X. 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition