Ivory inlay of a vulture
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 449x
Height x depth x length: 2.8 x 0.3 x 8.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece depicts a vulture with outstretched wings. It would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. Details are rendered by incision: wing feathers are indicated by long notches along lower edge and small notches along the upper edge. Somewhat thinner lines are used for outlining body components and facial details. The piece has discolored slightly, but is in generally very good condition. Slight traces remain of the mud used to attach the inlay to its fixture.
From Kerma, tomb K 449x. 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