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Ring beads

About eighty blue faience and white shell ring beads, some with remnants of original stringing.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KN 133 debris. 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)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads