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Majority of beads are carnelian ball and barrel beads of various sizes, plus 8 conical carnelian beads (one of which contains a milky tone). Also includes: 8 white quartz connical beads, 8 blue glass ring beads, and 4 cylindrical gold beads


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: 63 cm (24 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Carnelian, glass, gold, quartz


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads