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This assortment of beads contains two pierced univalve shells; five faience ball beads; three faience cylinder beads (one broken); many tiny ring beads; eight garnet or brown glass barrel beads (one broken); one garnet or brown glass ball bead; and remnants of original fiber string.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 174. 1913: 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

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


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Shell: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) Cylinder beads: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Ring beads: 0.1 cm (1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, garnet or glass, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads