Ivory inlay of an ostrich
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096
Width x length x thickness: 3.6 x 8.7 x 0.9 cm (1 7/16 x 3 7/16 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This ivory inlay piece would originally have adorned a wooden fixture, likely a funerary bed. It is carved to depict an ostrich with wings raised. Both legs and the beak broken have been broken, though portions remain as four separate fragments.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition