Ball beads

Meroitic Period, reign of Pisaker
30–A.D. 40

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. N XV

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian. glass, glass paste

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



a) 12 ball beads, mostly damaged
b) 1 carnelian barrel bead
c) 56 carnelian ring beads
d) 1 carnelian pendant bead
e) 232 blue glass ring beads
f) 8 blue-green faience cylinder beads, 1 broken
g) 3 gilded glass ring beads
h) 1 opaque, white, glass paste ball bead
i) about 32 opaque, red glass ring beads
j) about 40 blue-green faience ring beads
k) about 70 black, glass paste ring beads
l) fragment of a glass paste ball bead, white ground, blue and black markings
m) fragment of a heart-shaped pendant of translucent blue glass
n) 6 broken ball beads of opaque, oragnge glass paste


From Beg. North, Pyramid XV. 1921: 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