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"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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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


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


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


Medium or Technique

Glass, shell, bronze, wood


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads