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Beads

This group of beads includes many tiny ring beads (several of which are stuck together), 2 complete blue quatrefoil beads, 2 2-lobe fragments of quatrefoil beads, and 11 one-lobe fragments of quatrefoil beads. Remnants of original fiber string remain. There are also a few fragments of mud ?

Provenance

From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 170. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot

Sheikh Farag, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter tiny ring beads: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Diameter quatrefoils: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.5257

Medium or Technique

Faience, original fiber string, mud ?

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads