Ivory inlay fragments of gazelle and donkey bodies

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1090 debris


Height x width x depth: 4.3 x 3.5 x 0.4 cm (1 11/16 x 1 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is a group of five ivory inlay fragments depicting quadrupeds. Most likely both donkeys (probably 2) and gazelles (probably 3) are represented by the remaining fragments. The surviving portions range from just the hind quarters to the majority of the body with a segment of the neck. In all examples the lower portions of the remaining legs have broken off. The ivory of four of the inlays has discolored and carries some brown incrustations. The example that is still somewhat white seems to show indications of a very lightly incised cross-hatch pattern.


From Kerma, tomb K1090 debris. 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