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This group of beads consists of one hundred and forty-four disc beads. Also found but not listed in the Object Register were fragments of an unidentified material (stone or organic?) and two small fragments of gray stone (slate?) -- one with a raised, curved line on one side, the other with an...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KB 21 no.1. 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, Middle Kerma, 2050–1700 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter bead: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Length x width larger stone piece: 2.4 x 1 cm (15/16 x 3/8 in.) Length x width smalelr stone piece: 1.7 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, slate ?


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads