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This is a string of approximately 144 tiny blue rings and thirty-seven large rough flat cylinders, ornamented. Amulets include schematic Tawerets or wadjet eyes and cross-hatched plaques.


From Kerma, K1033. 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: 100 cm (39 3/8 in.) Length of 6 crosshatch amulet: 2.5 cm (1 in.) Length of 7 flattened amulet: 2 cm (13/16 in.) Length of 24 Taweret amulet: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands