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Bead fragments

Beads, crushed beads, and fragments of silver-gilded beads. Cylinder beads: three complete, five crushed, four in fragments; ball beads: six complete, three in fragments.


From Nuri, pyramid XXXI (Saka'aye), room A. 1918: 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, Napatan Period, reign of Nasakhma or Malowiebama, 468–435 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Length (cylinder bead): 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads