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Bead with rosette

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On one side of this blue glazed faience bead is an elaborate rosette. On the other is a pattern of soncentric circles. The bead is grooved around the edge, and is pierced both transversely and vertically.


From El-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 2 x 4.5 cm (13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads