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String of 17 orange biconical beads, 13 white biconical beads (many broken), 17 dark red biconical beads, 6 biconical blue beads, 7 green glass paste eye beads (many broken), and 14 red ball beads. Unlocated: 2 white ball beads, 1 white biconical bead, and 5 green ball beads.


From Meroe, Beg. N XVI, Rm A. 1921: 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


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: length of string, 60 cm (23 5/8 in.) Overall: diameters of beads, 0.3 - 0.9 cm (1/8 - 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass paste


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads