String of beads with mounted scarab

Middle Kerma
2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 1053


Length: 15.6 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, steatite, gold, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Portion of string of beads, consisting of a blue glazed steatite scarab, set in gold mounting, carnelian tear drop and ball beads, one quatrefoil carnelian bead, a carnelian hawk, four amethyst tear drops; reeded.


From Kerma, K1053. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition