Beads and amulet

Napatan Period, reign of Unknown Ruler
435–405 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Beg. South, Pyramid XIII


Quartz pebble: 0.19 x 1.4; pinkish stone: 0.5 x 0.11; bronze amulet: 0.14 x 1.1 x 0.7; faience cylindrical beads: L1.9 x Dia0.4; faience disc beads: Dia0.4.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, stone, bronze

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Faience beads. Seventeen cylindrical beads (black faience); two cylindrical beads (red faience); thirteen cylindrical beads (white faience); fourteen cylindrical beads (blue faience, some broken); two cylindrical beads (red); more than eighty-two fragments (black); more than forty-two fragments (white or yellow); more than thirty-two fragments (blue or green); four disc beads (white or yellow). Stone beads: one stone bead, one pinkish stone (perhaps not an amulet). One bronze amulet.


From Beg. South, Pyramid XIII. 1921: 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