Ivory inlays of triangles

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

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


Height x width x depth: 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.4 cm (1 13/16 x 1 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



Ten of eleven (14-1-1130 is missing) triangular inlays, relatively uniform in shape and size. 14-2-65 to 70 have one piece each, 14-2-89 has four. Publication says they are from a decayed footboard: “border of triangles above, points down, and two rows of six lobed rosettes each in the field.” See also 20.1540.

This is a group of 10 of 11 (field number 14-1-1130 missing) inlay pieces of relatively uniform triangular shape. They are 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 inlays comprising the rosette components mentioned see object 20.1540.


From Kerma, tombs K1600 and K1623. 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