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Bead garment on pelvis bone

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K319: 1


Overall (of box): 19 x 13.5 x 9 cm (7 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience and bone

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



28 strands of small ring beads on pelvis bone, where they form part of a garment strung (not sewn on cloth or leather). In debris of body A.

Left os coxa with a garment laced with blue faience beads. Sciatic notch, among other characteristics, point toward a male individual. Aging estimates based on auricular area and pubic symphasis is 27-39 years old at time of death. Included is a fragment of the right os coxa.


From Kerma, K319: 1. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition