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Various beads

70 or more ring beads of shell. 2,000 or more ring beads of blue faience. One long decorated cylinder bead of blue faience.


From Nubia, Kerma, 1900X. 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, Kerma, 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter x length of decorated bead: 0.4 x 1.55 cm (3/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell and blue faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads