Ivory inlay of a vulture
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tomb K 439
Height x length x width: 4 x 12 x 0.3 cm (1 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 1/8 in.)
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This ivory inlay piece, one of several shaped as vultures with outstretched wings from the same tomb, would have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It is currently in fragments, though the pieces represent an almost complete original. Incised details include: notches for wing feathers, body outlines, and facial features.
From Kerma: tomb K 439. 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