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This string of various shaped beads includes: five ball beads (one faience, four carnelian), four barrel beads (two large faience, one medium faience, one carnelian), two cylinder beads (faience), and nineteen ring beads (faience).


From Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple (GMT / J1 = pillared hall 27 / Lots a, c, d). 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, 30 B.C.–354 A.D.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads