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There is one ball bead of carnelian, one cylinder bead of blue-green glazed steatite, ten faience cylinder beads, and two shiny brown seeds.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit A debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, April 27, 1915; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt; 1921: received by MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty, 2040–1783 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Ball bead: Diameter 0.7 cm Steatite: Length 2.1 cm x Diameter 0.4 cm Faience: Length 1.1 cm x Diameter 0.5 cm Seed: Length 1.9 cm x Width 1.1 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, steatite, faience and seeds


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads