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This is a group of: a) 2 faience cylinder beads with grooved incising b) 2 black faience barrel beads c) 1 large faience ring bead and about 30 smaller ring beads d) 1 carnelian ring bead e) 1 carnelian irregularly shaped bead or amulet


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5101 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


Larger a: 0.3 x 0.6 cm (1/8 x 1/4 in.) Smaller a: 0.3 x 0.7 cm (1/8 x 1/4 in.) b: 0.4 x 0.8 cm (3/16 x 5/16 in.) Small c: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Large c: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) d: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) e: 0.9 x 1.2 x 0.2 cm (3/8 x 1/2 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads