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Disc beads

32 flat white disc beads. One blue faience short barrel bead. From waist of VH.


From Nubia, Kerma, Tumulus XB/ 326. 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, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter of disc bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience and shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads