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This is a string of forty-four brown cylinder beads, two blue ball beads, eighty blue and greenish-blue cylinder beads; amulets. Amulets include schematic Tawerets or wadjet eyes, a Ptah-tanen or Bes, and cross-hatched plaques.


From Kerma, K 1031 / 5b. 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: 197.5 cm (77 3/4 in.) Diameter and length of cylinder bead: 0.3 x 2.1 cm (1/8 x 13/16 in.) Diameter of ball bead: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands