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Cylinder beads and ba bird amulet

This group includes a Ba bird amulet of dark blue faience , six blue and green cylinder beads, and one cone shaped fragment of a pendant bead with a hole for stringing. The Ba bird amulet is not mentioned in the Object Register.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 9, pit A debris. 1915: 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, Middle Kingdom, 2040–about 1640 B.C.

Findspot

Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

Dimensions

Largest cylinder bead Diameter and length: 0.4 x 2 cm (3/16 x 13/16 in.) Smallest cylinder bead Diameter and length: 0.3 x 1.5 cm (1/8 x 9/16 in.) Ba bird Height x width: 2 x 1 cm (2 cm, 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

15-4-373

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets