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String of beads and amulets

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This string consists of two amethyst barrel beads; two carnelian ball beads and one carnelian barrel bead; one faience cylinder bead; one carnelian fly amulet; one amethyst fly amulet; and one carnelian hawk amulet.


From Egypt, Mesheikh, Mes/128/A. 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–First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 6–10, 2323–2040 B.C.


Mesheikh, Egypt


Overall: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, amethyst


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads