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Beads and scaraboids

This is a group of: a) 2 bright blue faience pendant beads, shaped like flower petals b) 1 faience scaraboid c) 2 faience ring beads d) 1 malformed blue glass scaraboid.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5020 D 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: 1.2 x 4 cm (1/2 x 1 9/16 in.) b: 0.4 x 0.7 x 1 cm (3/16 x 1/4 x 3/8 in.) Smallest c: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Largest c: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) d: 0.7 x 0.4 x 1.1 cm (1/4 x 3/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads