Mica applique

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K 1044 #8

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Mica figures for sewing to garments, consisting of groups of leopard heads and palm trees, one disc ornament with rosette; traces of green paint on some of the heads; details incised.
1. Leopard head
2.Leopard head
3.Plant motif, four tiered
4.Two headed leopard
5.Leopard head, neck missing
6.Leopard head
7.Three headed leopard
8.Plant motif, four tiered
9. Four headed leopard
10. Rectangular band
12.Four headed leopard
13.Leopard head
14.Four headed leopard
15.Two headed leopard
16.Leopard head
17.Four headed leopard
18. Plant motif, four tiered
19.Plant motif, four tiered
20. Three headed leopard
21.Two headed leopard


From Kerma, K 1044 #8. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition