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This group contains 8 faience ball beads, 4 carnelian ball beads, 5 garnet ball beads (1 with a bit of original string), 2 faience barrel beads, 1 garnet barrel bead, one faience quatrefoil bead, one faience notched rectangle, and nine strings of ring beads on the original string. Of these, 4...

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From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 187. 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.


SheikhFarag, Egypt


Largest: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Smallest: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, garnet, carnelian, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads