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String of ball beads

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This string consists of one hundred and four blue glazed quartz crystal irregularly shaped ball beads.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma: South Cemetery K 334 debris. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Length: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glazed quartz crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads