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String of beads with a glazed quartz pendant

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This is a string of 63 blue faience ball beads with a pendant composed of a of natural quartz crystal glazed blue. The glazing of quartz crystals was practice unique to Kerma, where the crystals may have been believed to have magical or amuletic powers.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma: K10 B-61. March, 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length of pendant: 4.6 cm (1 13 /16 in.); diameter of beads: .9 to 1.3 cm; overall length of string 61 cm.

Accession Number

20.1729

Medium or Technique

Faience, glazed quartz

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads