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This group of beads consists of six long conical beads, and two non-joining fragments of the same type, suggesting there were two more of these beads. There is also one tiny ball bead. There is no mention of the ball bead in the Object Register.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 5, pit D, chamber debris. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1060 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads