Ivory inlay of a crocodile

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Tumulus K XV, Chapel D

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The Ancient World



This fragment of an ivory inlay piece is the upper portion of a crocodile. Its legs, feet, and and tail have broken away and are missing. Incised line decoration has been added at the top of each leg, along the neck and to indicate the mouth. A small hole represents the eye. Such an inlay would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed.


From Kerma, tumulus K XV, Chapel D. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 25, 1992)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition