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Beads and amulets

This is a group of: a) one faience Taweret amulet, pierced for suspension b) one faience eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet, pierced for suspension c) three small and one large faience ball beads d) one carnelian ball bead e) two faience barrel beads one broken faience irregluarly shaped amulet ?


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5013 B thieves debris. 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


a: 1.7 x 1 x 0.5 cm (11/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.) b: 1.1 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm (7/16 x 5/16 x 3/16 in.) Smallest c: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Largest c: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) d: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) e: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads