Ivory inlay of a giraffe
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm (2 1/16 x 9/16 x 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay was carved to depict a giraffe and would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is now in seven fragments with much of the original missing. The largest fragment shows the front portion of the giraffe’s torso and upper front legs. Other portions of the figure are preserved in smaller fragments. Some pieces still adhere to remnants of mud adhesive. For several similar inlays from the same tomb see objects 20.1336-20.1342.
From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition