String of beads

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Kerma, K1063/3


Overall: 129 cm (50 13/16 in.) Diameter, amethyst: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Diameter and length: 0.8 x 2.6 cm (5/16 x 1 in.) Diameter and length, amulet: 0.5 x 1.5 cm (3/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience and amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This is a string of approximately 430 tiny ring beads, thirty-four cylinder beads, one amethyst ball bead, four large amulets and eight tiny amulets, and one conical bead. Amulets include schematic Tawerets or wadjet eyes.


From Kerma, K 1063 / 3. 1913: 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