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Ring beads

Apprxomately 800 blue, black and white ring beads of varying sizes.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KB 102 debris. 1915: 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, Middle Kerma, 2050–1700 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Smallest faience bead: 0.2cm (1/16in.) Largest shell bead: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Smallest shell bead: 0.3cm (1/8in.) Largest faience bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads