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This consists of stone and glass beads of various shapes and colors including barrel, cylindrical, biconical disc and flattened ball beads; seven carnelian balls; two bead fragment pieces.


From Kerma, Meroitic cemetery, grave K 7 / 10, 1913.: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 96 cm (37 13/16 in.) Diameter and length of cylinder bead: 0.4 x 1.4 cm (3/16 x 9/16 in.) Diameter and length of double flattened ball bead: 1 x 1 cm (3/8 x 3/8 in.) Diameter and length of stone bead: 0.4 x 1.1 cm (3/16 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone, glass, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands