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This group of beads contains fifty-one white shell ring beads, eleven black shell ring beads, eight large and coarsely cut carnelian ring beads and one crude carnelian heart pendant.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag debris. 1912: 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, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Overall: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) - dia. of ring beads Overall: 1 cm (3/8 in.)dia. of disc beads Overall: 1.2 x 1 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in.) - dimensions of pendant

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands