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Beads and amulets

This group of beads and amulets contains: a) 1 agate hand amulet b) 1 faience human figure with a ring shank on the back c) 1 faience hand amulet d) 1 carnelian cylinder bead e) 1 carnelian ring bead f) 40 thin faience ring beads


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5003 A 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



Sheiokh Farag, Egypt


Smallest: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Largest: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, agate, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads