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Beads

This group of beads contains one carnelian flat drop tear-shaped pendant, suspension loop broken off at the tip; two blue faience cylinder beads, one purple faience cylinder bead, one narrow blue faience barrel bead, and one white glazed steatite barrel bead.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, debris in front of Tomb 5. 1915: 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, late Dynasty 11, 2040–1991 B.C.

Findspot

Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width drop bead: 1.6 x 0.8 cm (5/8 x 5/16 in.) Diameter and length cylinder bead: 0.3 x 2.2 cm (1/8 x 7/8 in.) Diameter and length barrel bead: 0.3 x 1.5 cm (1/8 x 9/16 in.) Diameter and length stone barrel bead: 1.1 x 0.7 cm (7/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

15-3-563

Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, glazed steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads