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This group of beads consists of eight blue-glazed quartz ball beads; nineteen black and white speckled stone ring beads strung together (one broken); and one blue faience ring bead.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X B-147, neck of body QB. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter ball bead: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.) Diameter stone bead: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Diameter ring bead: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed quartz, stone, faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads