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Cylinder beads

Fourteen finely made short cylinder beads, blue-green to white in color. Twelve are strung, two are loose.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 5 pit D, chamber debris. 1915: 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

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1060 B.C.


Deir el- Bersha, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite or faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads