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String of beads

This is a string of 28 beads including 4 Eye of Horus (wedjat) beads, 9 cylinder beads, 4 barrel beads, multiple ring beads of varying thickness, and one large cylinder bead.


From Egypt, Mesheikh, MES/135/A. 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 to First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 6–10 (?), 2323–2040 B.C.


Mesheikh, Egypt

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads