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Beads

This group of beads contains five faience cylinder beads, two glazed steatite cylinder beads in glazed steatite, twoglazed steatite barrel beads, and one fragment of blue lapis polished and grooved longitudally.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 5, pit C debris. 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

Overall: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) -faience beads Overall: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) - steatite beads Overall: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.) - lapis beads

Accession Number

15-4-134b

Medium or Technique

Faience, steatite, lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads