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This group of beads consists of a string of eight thick porphyry ring beads, twelve thick red stone ring beads, and two short white stone cylinder beads. There is also a small amount of loose blue faience tiny ring beads and one dried berry (not pierced).


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X grave 1078 no.3. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter smallest stone ring bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Diameter largest stone ring bead: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Cylinder bead length: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Diameter tiny ring beads: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, red stone, white stone, porphyry, fruit


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads