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Majority of beads are carnelian ball, barrel, or biconical beads. Also includes 2 turquoise (1 ball, 1 barrel) beads, 10 white quartz barrel beads, 8 blue glass beads (7 ball, 1 biconical), 2 gold cylinder beads, 1 gold barrel bead.


From Meroe, W 140. 1922: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, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, glass, gold, quartz, turquoise


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads