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This is a group of: a) three faience ball beads b) one faience melon bead c) one set of about seven and another of three faience ring beads on the original fiber string d) three carnelian ball beads e) two carnelian ring beads


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5015 E thieves debris above shaft. 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


Smallest a: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Largest a: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) b: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) c: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Smallest d: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Largest d: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) e: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads