Ivory inlay fragment of a tree
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1095 (?)
Width x Depth x Length: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.7 cm (11/16 x 1/8 x 1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece is a fragment of an original shaped as a tree with at least two tiers of branches. It would originally have adorned a wooden funerary bed. A portion has broken away and is missing. The brown residue that coats many surfaces is likely remnant mud used as an adhesive for attaching the inlay to the bed.
From Kerma, tomb K1095 (?). March 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition