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Ring beads

Beads from net over 14-2-1402. Beads were paraffined while in place but the heat of the sun melted the wax and the beads fell apart. Fragments of original stringing. Small amount of shell ring beads. Small container of blue faience ring beads.


From Nubia, Kerma, 1600C/2. 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 shell bead: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell and blue faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads