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This group of beads consists of two strings of beads as well as loose beads. One string contains forty cylinder beads of various sizes with one conical bead at each end. The other string contains twenty-one beads and amulets of various shapes including two wedjats (Eyes of Horus) and one hand....

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From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X B: 69, neck of body PA. 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)


Longer string length: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.) Shorter string length: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.) Diameter and length cylinder beads: 0.3 x 2 cm (1/8 x 13/16 in.) Diameter ring beads: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Length x width hand: 1.1 x 0.6 cm (7/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, leather ?


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads