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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 ?


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.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, original fiber string, mud ?


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads