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This is an assortment of beads and pendant fragments. Five cylinder beads, steatite. L 1.4-1.0 cm. One barrel bead, steatite. L 1.2 cm. Three barrel beads, blue faience. L 1.6-1.2 cm. Five fragments of leaf-shaped pendants, faience. L 2.0-0.6 cm. (The Object Register lists only three fragments.)


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 8, pit A, chamber Y debris. 1915: 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, Middle Kingdom,


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Diameter and length: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) Diameter and length: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Diameter and length: 0.6 x 2 cm (1/4 x 13/16 in.) Diameter and length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads