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Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, W 159 A

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, glass, glass paste, quartzite, stone, shell

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



a) 1 barrel bead with protruding knobs, glass; b) 1 round glass bead with flat ends ribbed surface, patinated; c) 1 quartzite oval shaped thin bead; d) 2 pendant quartzite beads; e) 2 quartzite ball beads, tapered no groove; f) 1 ball bead blue with 3 eyes of opaque blue on white; g) 1 glass paste ball bead blue ground overlaid opaque white patches w/irreg. brown center surr. wavy line; h) 1 barrel glass bead with discolor ground gilt layer (fragment); i) 1 glass ball bead with gilt layer of glass; j) 1 ball bead large black patinated glass; k) 2 ball beads gray/brown transparent glass; l) 8 ball beads, green/blue discolored, patinated varying sizes; m) 6 ring beads clear blue opalescent, gilt and yellow; n) frag. ball bead clear white decayed glass.


From Meroe, W 159 A. 1922: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