Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 179


Overall (a): 0.9 x 0.5 cm (3/8 x 3/16 in.) Overall (c): 0.3 x 0.4 cm (1/8 x 1/8 in.) Overall (f): 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Overall (g originally): 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, shell, bronze, wood

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



“Found inside box #37, decayed ivory box w/ winged sphinx”:
a) 3 univalve spiral shells
b) 2 large blue glass ball beads with single horizontal irregular white striation
c) 3 ball beads
d) field record says “8 variegated glass ball beads, red & wh striations, 6 frags”. Inventory reveals 1 bead on new string and one fragment
e) 1 white glass pendant bead.
f) bronze ball
g) tiny sliver of wood (now in three pieces)


From Meroe, Beg. W 179. 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