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Beads and amulets

This group of beads and amulets contains one large and one small amethyst scarab bead, five carnelian ball beads, one carnelian barrel bead, one amethyst barrel bead. There is also a string of beads with six amethyst barrel beads, eight amethyst ball beads, one crystal barrel bead, one carnelian...

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From Elkab. 1897, excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account , assigned to the Egyptian Research Account in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the ERA in response for contributions.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2323–2150 B.C.


El Kab, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian, garnet, amazonite, jasper ? and ivory


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads