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Beads

Nine sea shells with holes for stringing, found underneath the skull, plus one donut-shaped object with a hole in the center.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KN 119 no. 1 under the skull. 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.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

16-4-1331

Medium or Technique

Shell

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads