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This string of beads consists of two carnelian ring beads, one glass barrel bead and about 40 cowrie shell beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 2. 1913: 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, Predynastic Period, before 2960 B.C.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Overall: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.) - length of string

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Medium or Technique

Shell, carnelian, glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads