Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Kerma, tomb K 334 debris


Diameter and length of ball bead string: 2.2 x 10 cm (7/8 x 3 15/16 in.) Diameter and length of barrel bead string: 1.9 x 45 cm (3/4 x 17 11/16 in.) Diameter and length of ring beads: 0.6 x 6 cm (1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, glazed quartz, stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



It consists of:
a. fourteen small ball faience beads on a string and one is loose.
b. two large ball faience beads flattened
c. thirty-six long faience barrel beads on a string
d. twenty-eight small ring faience beads on a string
e. around 120 small rings faience beads
f. one unpierced white stone amulet.
g. one quartz ball bead
H. two ring faience beads on a piece of original string.


From Kerma, tomb K 334 debris. February, 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition