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This is a string of ninety-two blue faience cylinders, one disc bead, two amethyst ball beads, three melon beads; amulets. Amulets include schematic Tawerets or wadjet eyes and cross-hatched plaques.


From Nubia, Kerma. 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: 114.2 cm (44 15/16 in.) Diameter and length, cylinder: 0.3 x 1.9 cm (1/8 x 3/4 in.) Diameter: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience and amethyst


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands