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This group of beads consists of thirteen pierced shells (1.1 cm x 0.7 cm); seven shell cylinder beads (0.3 x 0.3 cm); numerous blue faience ring beads (0.2 cm diameter); a few carnelian ball beads; two faience disk beads; one gold button; one drop pendant bead (1.0 cm x 0.8 cm), and two...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X B-57, body G.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, Classic Kerma, 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


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Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, carnelian, gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads