Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia, Meroe, Beg., W214A (see provenance); Object Place: Nubia, Sudan

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, glass, stone, glass paste

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



b & c) 11 carnelian and 32 faience ring and cylinder beads (field notes: b = 8 short cylinder beads, green and 3 red; c = 30 ring beads, red & green & white; cii = 3 ring beads, green)
d) not present (gold ring beads)
e) 8 tiny carnelian barrel beads
f) 2 whole and many fragments glass paste ball beads – blue with red and white horizontal stripes (field notes: 4 whole and fragments ball beads…originally strung with wh. fai. ring (decayed to powder) OoooOoooO etc.)


From Meroe, Beg. W214A, b= from left hand, c = from neck, e = 4 from right hand, f = from neck. 1923: 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