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String of beads

This string of beads is composed of approximately ninety-eight small faience ring beads, seventeen large faience ring beads, two gold beads, and four carnelian ball beads.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KN 165. 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)


Length (string): 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.); diameter (range): 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) to 0.5 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads