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One group of beads consists of three barrel beads; one ball bead and 207 ring beads, some on the original fiber string and others loose. There is another group of approximately four thousand small ring beads mixed with some fragments of leather.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KN 180. 1916: 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, Early Kerma, 2400–2050 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Length barrel beads: 1.7cm (11/16in.) Diameter ring beads: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, original fiber string, leather


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads