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String of beads

These beads were originally part of a necklace of silver disc beads badly oxidized and stuck together in several sections, with five pendants representing papyrus flower.


From Egypt, Zawiyet el-Aryan. 1911: 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. Findspot Information: From Zawiyet el-Aryan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads