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This string of beads contains one small carnelian ring bead, 2 large faience ball beads, 2 faience cylinder beads (one with a black-painted spiral), 8 faience ring beads and 3 small faience ball beads. There is also one loose carnelian ball bead.


From Egypt, Sheik Farag SF 208. 1913: 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, 2040–1640 B.C.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Diameter faience ball bead: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Diameter ring beads: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads