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Beads and shell

This group of beads and a shell contains: a) 1 faience drop (pear shaped) bead b) 1 faience barrel bead c) 2 faience cylinder beads with grooves and 1 flattened cylinder bead d) many faience ring beads on original string e) 1 big and 1 small faience ball beads f) 1 amethyst ball bead g) 1...

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From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5021 A. 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: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Largest: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, amethyst, shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads