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String of beads and amulet

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This string of beads consists of forty-two faience ball beads, one blue glass ball bead and one amulet bead in the shape of a standing figure with the head of an animal.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X B-243, body QD. 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, 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Diameter ball bead: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Amulet: 3.6 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm (1 7/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads