Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096


Height x width x depth: 3.6 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 7/16 x 1 x 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This ivory inlay piece would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. It has been carved in the form of an ostrich chick with wings spread. It is largely complete, the head and one foot having broken off. The body is decorated with a pattern of circles bored into the surface. The inlay is still embedded in mud used to attach it to its original fixture.
For several similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see objects 20.1346-20.1353.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemtery, 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition