Ivory inlays of leaves

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1600 and K1623


height x width x Depth (largest fragment): 5.4 x 1.8 x 0.3 cm (2 1/8 x 11/16 x 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a group of 27 ivory inlay pieces shaped as leaves (for arrangement in rosettes) and one fragment, all originally from the footboard of a funerary bed (decayed by the time of excavation). The original arrangement is described in one reference as follows: “border of triangles above, points down, and two rows of two six-lobed rosettes each in the field.” For the triangular inlays mentioned see object 20.1541.


From Kerma, tombs K1600 and K1623. January & February 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