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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.


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.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


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


Medium or Technique

Faience, steatite, lapis lazuli


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads