Ivory inlay fragments of trees

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tomb K 439

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.7 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm (2 1/4 x 9/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1363

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture

These five ivory fragments (two of which have been joined) originate from three inlay pieces depicting botanical motifs. Two are from a two-tiered tree/plant (14-1-239), while three (not joined) are from a single-tiered plant (14-1-240).

For similar plant/tree motifs see objects 20.1360-67, 20.1531-38, 14-1-236 to 14-1-243, 14-265 to 14-274.

Provenance

From Kerma, K 439. 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