Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1096


Height x width x depth: 3.3 x 3.8 x 1 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This ivory inlay fragment is part of an inlay that depicts an ostrich chick. It would originally have adorned a wooden fixture such as a funerary bed. The surviving portion shows the body of the chick, which has been decorated with a pattern of circles bored into the surface. The legs and head have broken off and are missing. It is still embedded in adhesive mud used to attach the inlay.
For several similar inlay pieces from the same tomb see objects 20.1346-20.1353.


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

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition