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This string consists of: thirty-seven carnelian small ball beads two carnelian large ball beads two carnelian bi-conical beads six gold shell pendants two carnelian amulets three amazonite amulets one small blue floral bead two glass ring beads one gold unidentifiable amulet


From Nubia (Sudan) Semna. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2061–1783 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Semna, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 15.8cm (6 1/4in.) Carnelian ball beads: Diameter: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Gold shell pendants: Diameter: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.) Gold amulet: Length: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads