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Phoenician head

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This opaque glass bead is in the form of a Phoenician head. The upper part of the face is yellow, there is a twist of blue and white around the top of the head, and the beard is dark blue. There is a loop for suspension on top.


Said to be from Egypt, Malqata. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe for £3. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Late Period, 700–500 B.C.

Object Place

said to be from Malqata, Egypt


Overall: 2.5 x 1.5 cm (1 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads