Ivory inlay of a giraffe

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096


Height x width x depth: 7.5 x 1 x 3 cm (2 15/16 x 3/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



These two fragments are parts of an ivory inlay carved to depict a giraffe. They would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The pice is broken at the neck, and the lower portion of the legs has broken away and is missing. The pieces are still embedded in remains of the mud used as adhesive. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.


From Kerma, 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