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Wall inlay of a lion

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K II


Overall: 58.5(From tail to front paw) x 1.5 to 2.5 x 105.5 cm (from nose to tail)(23 1/16 x 9/16 x 41 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tile and inlays

Many fragments of blue glazed tiles froming a lion in low relief, facing left. All pieces (except the tail) have a coarse matting impression on the tile back. See also 20.1224.
Head and mane: seventeen pieces, seven joining.
Front leg: two pieces joining.
Tail: seven pieces, five joining.


From Kerma, eastern cemetery, K II. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition