Ivory inlay fragments of a giraffe

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096


Height x width x depth: 7 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm (2 3/4 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



These five fragments of an ivory inlay piece originally depicted a giraffe. The complete piece would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Much of the figure has broken away and is missing. Remaining fragments are the head, some of the neck, body, and upper legs. Some fragments are still embedded in the mud used to attach them to the original fixture. They are also coated with wax, which was used in the excavation process. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave K1096. 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition