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Beads and leather fragments

One long cylinder bead. One decorated rectangular bead with vertical impressions on both sides. One cylinder bead - tapering at one end. A few small ring beads. From RA.


From Nubia, Kerma,1803/5. 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, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter of ring beads: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, shell and leather


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads