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This string of forty-nine total beads consists of twenty-four large hematite barrel beads, graduated in size,and twenty-five faience ball beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 42. 1913: 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, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Overall: 47.3 cm (18 5/8 in.) Diameter and length largest barrel: 1.1 x 1.5 cm (7/16 x 9/16 in.) Diameter smallest ball: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hematite, faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads