Middle Kerma
2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, KB 3 debris


Diameter and length barrel bead: 0.5 x 3.2 cm (3/16 x 1 1/4 in.) Diameter ball bead: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Diameter and length rectangular bead: 0.9 x 2.3 cm (3/8 x 7/8 in.) Diameter and length: 0.5 x 2.5 cm (3/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group of beads consists of one string of six barrel beads (with a ball bead on each end), one string of sixty-two cylinder beads, and one loose unglazed rectangular bead marked with vertical and horizontal lines. One half of a small ring bead was also found but was not recorded in the register.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, KB 3 debris. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition