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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.

Provenance

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.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

16-4-1032

Medium or Technique

Shell, faience, original fiber string

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads