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Beads and shell fragments

Sixty shell plates and pierced sea shells on a string (some encrusted with dirt), six loose shells, approximately ninety faience ring beads stuck together on several segments of original string. The name of the shell is Neverita Josephina Risso.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KN 50-x. 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)


Shell: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.) Overall length: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, faience, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads