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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.


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.


Kerma, Nubia(Sudan)


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

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Medium or Technique

Glazed clear quartz (rock crystal)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads