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This string of beads contains twenty-six carnelian ball beads, three carnelian barrel beads and two amethyst barrel beads and one amethyst lenticular bead.


From Egypt, Mesheikh, MES/140/B. 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, Old Kingdom to First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 6–10, 2323–2040 B.C.


Mesheikh, Egypt


Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnellian, amethyst


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads