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Large pearl shell, pierced at hinge with two holes. Broken in peices.


From Nubia, Kerma. KN 7-X. 1915 : 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, Early Kerma, 2400–2050 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width: 8.4 x 12.0 cm (3 5/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pearl shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets