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This is a string of tiny beads with two cylinder and twelve biconical/barrel beads with two fragments, and approximately 205 ring beads.


From Kerma, K1038 / 14,15,16. 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: 77 cm (30 5/16 in.) Diameter of ring bead: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.) Diameter and length of cylinder bead: 0.4 x 1.1 cm (3/16 x 7/16 in.) Diameter of biconical/barrel bead: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands