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This group of beads consists of one string of six barrel beads (with a ball bead on each end), one string of sixty-two cylinder beads, and one loose unglazed rectangular bead marked with vertical and horizontal lines. One half of a small ring bead was also found but was not recorded in the register.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KB 3 debris. 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, Middle Kerma, 2050–1700 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter and length barrel bead: 0.5 x 3.2 cm (3/16 x 1 1/4 in.) Diameter ball bead: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Diameter and length rectangular bead: 0.9 x 2.3 cm (3/8 x 7/8 in.) Diameter and length: 0.5 x 2.5 cm (3/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads