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Blue-glazed quartz beads

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Spherical blue-glazed quartz beads typically found around the neck area of the deceased and are thought to have served an amuletic purpose.

Provenance

From Kerma, K309,12. December, 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia(Sudan)

Dimensions

Length (string) x diameter: 100 x .6 cm (39 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1716

Medium or Technique

Glazed clear quartz (rock crystal)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads