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Beads and amulets

This group of beads and amulets contains: a) one amazonite wadjet eye amulet b) one amazonite frog amulet c) one irregular faience amulet d) one steatite barrel bead e) one steatite cylinder bead f) about a hundred dark blue ring beads with original threads. Small chips of human bone are...

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From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 531, near neck of burial. 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: 0.7 x 1.3 cm (1/4 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amazonite, faience, steatite, original fiber string, human bone


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads