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Ball bead

One spherical bead, flattened, irregular form. Also found but not recorded under this number is three tiny ring beads.


From Nubia, Kerma, Tumulus II, Front strip 1. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter x thickness: 0.8 x 0.6 cm (5/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads