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This group of beads contains 1 amethyst ball bead; many faience ball, barrel and ring beads; and 2 carnelian ball beads. Some are on original stringing.


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.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Amethyst bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Largeset carnelian bead: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Largest faience ball bead: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian, faience, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads