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Cylinder beads

This is a group of 118 cylinder beads. Four of these beads have original fiber string still attached. Some of the loose beads are broken.


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 by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Largest: 2 cm (13/16 in) Smallest: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, original fiber string


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads