String of beads

Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W159A

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, gold, glass, shell, wood

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



a) seventeen disk beads of white shell; b) approximately six ring beads blue-green faience; c) approximately nine ring beads light green/clear blue/brownish glass; d) one tiny ball bead hollow, gold; e) two plaque square bored diagonally, decorated with maltese cross relief, hollow, gold with traces of paste fill in center; f) small fitting, decayed wood - bell shape; g) three fragmentss ivory vessel turned, incised lines outside. Items a-d have been strung together.


From Meroe, Tomb Beg. W 159a sifted debris: 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