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This is a group of: a) one gold biconical bead of thin sheet metal and a bit of gold foil b) three faience barrel beads c) six faience ball beads d) about twenty-four faience ring beads and fragments e) one carnelian ring bead


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5013 D. 1923: 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



Sheikh Farag, Egypt


a: 0.7 x 0.9 cm (1/4 x 3/8 in.) Smallest b: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Largest b: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) c: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Smallest d: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Largest d: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) e: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads