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Various beads

Two long cylinder beads - the shorter one is decorated. Forty medium and large disc beads. A small amount of ring beads.


From Nubia, Kerma, Tumulus III, Hall A. 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, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter x length if cylinder bead: 0.4 x 2.0 cm (3/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads