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These two strings from a necklace are composed of one hundred and thirty mixed cylinder, ring, and ball beads of different materials, and some loose beads which came off the strings. There are seventy-eight amazonite cylinder and ring beads, twenty-two beige stone cylinder and ring beads,...

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From Mesaid tomb 545 [M/545]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Boston 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.


Mesaaed, Egypt


Overall: 38 cm length of strings together x 0.2 - 0.7 cm diameters of ring and ball beads (14 15/16 x 3/16 in.) Diameter and length of seashell shaped bone bead: 0.5 x 0.8 cm (3/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands