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Beads

"Found inside box #37, decayed ivory box w/ winged sphinx": a) 3 univalve spiral shells b) 2 large blue glass ball beads with single horizontal irregular white striation c) 3 ball beads d) field record says "8 variegated glass ball beads, red & wh striations, 6 frags". Inventory reveals 1 bead...

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Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 179. 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

Findspot

Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall (a): 0.9 x 0.5 cm (3/8 x 3/16 in.) Overall (c): 0.3 x 0.4 cm (1/8 x 1/8 in.) Overall (f): 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Overall (g originally): 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

22-2-581a-g

Medium or Technique

Glass, shell, bronze, wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads