Ivory inlay of a leaf (lotus petal?) and an additional fragment

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1600C3


Height x width x depth: 1.6 x 4 x 0.5 cm (5/8 x 1 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This object number includes two ivory inlay pieces: one complete piece in the shape of a leaf and one cylindrical fragment, the latter of which may be an inlay or another type of object (i.e. perhaps a fragment of a gaming piece). A similar staff fragment and a rectangular inlay piece are no longer present. Such ivory inlays were often used to adorn wooden fixtures such as funerary beds. For similar leaf inlays from the same tomb see object 20.1378.


From Kerma, K1600C3. January 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