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Beads and shell

This group of beads and a shell contains: a) 1 carnelian barrel bead b) 10 carnelian ball beads c) about 90 carnelian ring beads d) 31 garnet ring beads e) 122 white faience ring beads f) one shell of a bivalve (unpierced)


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 534 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



Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Smallest: 0.4 cm (1/8 in.) Largest: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, garnet, shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads