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This group of beads contains the following: Sixty-eight cylinder beads of various lengths Fourteen bright blue small cylinder beads (1.5 x .3 cm) One large glazed steatite striated cylinder bead (3.5 x .8 cm) One carnelian barrel bead (.5 x .3 cm) One tiny faience vall bead One small glaxed...

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From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 20, pit A debris. 1915: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


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Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, steatite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads