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Shells and beads

This is a group of thirty-five objects: three shells ( two "clam type" shells and one black and white periwinkle shell), four blue faience ball beads, one black and white mottled stone ball bead and 27 tiny blue faience ring beads. Two fragments of pierced blue faience are also present.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K 78. 1913: 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, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Bead: 1.7cm (11/16in.) Shell: 3.6 x 1.7 cm (1 7/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5217

Medium or Technique

Shell, faience and stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads