Ivory inlay fragments of various objects (including rectangles, triangles, leaves/lotus petals, and tear-drops - with and without holes) and a dagger handle

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1628


height x width x Depth of largest fragment:3 x 7.4 x 0.3 cm (1 3/16 x 2 15/16 x 1/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This group of twenty objects, all of ivory, includes several inlay pieces and a component of a knife handle. The inlays, some of which are complete with others only fragments, include rectangular, triangular, leaf, and arrow-like shapes, some with holes bored through. The dagger handle has a crescent-shaped end with a peg-hole for blade attachment.


From Kerma, K1628. 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