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This string of beads is comprised of forty-five amethyst barrel beads. It is from the neck of a body.(See group 21.970; 21.972-985).


From Egypt, Naga el-Deir, tomb N 453 b. 1904: excavated by George Reisner for the Hearst Expedition of the University of California (which became the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1905); 1921: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, 2140–1991 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Naga el-Deir, Egypt


Length: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.) Barrel beads: length x width: 0.9 x 0.6 cm (3/8 x 1/4 in.) - 1.5 x 1 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads