The Kerma Bed

The Kerma Bed

For an upcoming exhibition on the career of Dows Dunham at the Albany Institute of History and Art the Fund is commissioning Peter Leue, a noted Albany sculptor and master craftsman in wood and mixed media to re-create Dunham’s reproduction of a funeral bed from the Nubian Kingdom of Kerma. Dows Dunham had previously worked on reconstructing the furniture of Queen Hetepheres, the mother of Khufu and applied his skills to making a modern copy of one of the ritual beds found in the excavations of the great tumuli at Kerma in the Sudan. After the exhibition it is planned to donate the bed to the site Museum at Kerma recently built by Charles Bonnet.

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