Middle Kerma
2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KB 21 no.1


Diameter bead: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Length x width larger stone piece: 2.4 x 1 cm (15/16 x 3/8 in.) Length x width smalelr stone piece: 1.7 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, slate ?

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group of beads consists of one hundred and forty-four disc beads. Also found but not listed in the Object Register were fragments of an unidentified material (stone or organic?) and two small fragments of gray stone (slate?) – one with a raised, curved line on one side, the other with an indentation at the top and curved lines running diagonally from the upper side to the lower opposite side.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KB 21 no.1. 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