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Beads and amulets

This group of beads and amulets contains: a) 2 carnelian leg amulets b) 1 carnelian barrel bead c) 1 carnelian cylinder bead d) about 180 carnelian ring beads strung together e) 1 carnelian ba bird amulet g) 1 faience hand amulet i) 1 faience hawk amulet


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5411 debris. 1923: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition



Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Smallest: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Largest: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads