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Iron oxide ball beads

Eleven glass ball beads, core gilded and covered with translucent glass; twenty-three ball beads, green translucent glass. With fragments.


From Meroe, W 171 February, 1922: 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, Meroitic Period, 185–10 B.C.


Meroe (Beg.), Nubia (Sudan)


11 ball beads - L 0.45 cm, diameter 0.6 cm 23 ball beads - L 0.4 cm, diameter0.35 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Iron oxide glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads