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This group of beads contains 3 faience pointed barrel beads, 1 blue faience ball bead, 1 carnelian ball bead, 3 tiny blue ring beads, and about 20 mud beads with fragments of original string stuck to them.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 65. 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 Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Sheikh Farag, egypt


Smallest: 0.1 cm (1/16 in.) Largest: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mud, carnelian, faience, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads