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Beads and amulets

This is a group of: a) 7 large and 3 small faience ball beads b) 1 large faience cylinder bead c) 3 faience barrel beads (one larger than the other two) d) 2 faience ring beads e) 10 carnelian ring beads f) 1 tiny faience seated god figure ? amulet with a ring on the back for...

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From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5010 A black 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


Smallest a: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Largest a: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) b: 0.7 x 2.1 cm (1/4 x 13/16 in.) Smallest c: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Largest c: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.) d: .3 Smallest e: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) g: 0.9 x 0.8 cm (3/8 x 5/16 in.) h: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, metal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads