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Nine cylinder beads and fragments of another, light gray body in which a pattern of two rows of three irregular circles infused in white glass. The presence of a seam inside shows that beads were made flat then rolled and molded while glass was still plastic.


From Meroe (Beg. West, Room B) Pyr. 126, 1922: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, A.D. 30–175


Meroe (Beg. West), Nubia (Sudan)


1.4 x 0.95 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Varigated glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads