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a) 1 barrel bead with protruding knobs, glass; b) 1 round glass bead with flat ends ribbed surface, patinated; c) 1 quartzite oval shaped thin bead; d) 2 pendant quartzite beads; e) 2 quartzite ball beads, tapered no groove; f) 1 ball bead blue with 3 eyes of opaque blue on white; g) 1 glass paste ball...

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From Meroe, W 159 A. 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, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique

Carnelian, glass, glass paste, quartzite, stone, shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads