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This string consists of twenty-seven large blue faience ball beads, alternating with fourteen black stone and thirteen small amethyst barrel beads. One incised blue faience rectangular bead is in center. (Obj.Tag ID reads 2nd I Period, Hyksos)


From Kerma, Tomb K II A-17, January 1914.: 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, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 60 x 1.1 cm for barrel bead (23 5/8 x 7/16 in.) Diameter and length: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) Length of rectangular bead: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, amethyst, stone


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads