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Copper ring beads

Ring beads, originally covered with gold foil, badly corroded. There are about fifty, but they are too corroded for an exact count. Also three cylider beads. They were found with 37.606. Object Register says 'as many as eleven ring beads.'


From Giza, 7143B pit, at head end of coffin. 1927: 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

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, 2465–2323 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Diameter and length: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper, gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads