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This is a group of: a) one flat bright blue faience barrel bead with serrated edges b) one broken cylinder bead ? of unidentifiable material c) one carnelian barrel bead d) one carnelian ball bead e) one faience ball bead f) one tiny faience ring bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 532 B thieves debris. 1923: 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



Sheikh Farag, Egypt


a: 0.8 x 0.6 x 1.8 cm (5/16 x 1/4 x 11/16 in.) b: 0.8 x 0.6 x 1 cm (5/16 x 1/4 x 3/8 in.) c: 0.8 x 1 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.) d: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) e: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) f: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads