Beads

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, 19b, chamber debris

Dimensions

Overall: 2.6 cm (1 in.) length of largest See description

Accession Number

15-5-804

Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian and steatite

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This field number includes:
a) two dark blue faience cylinder beads, one broken
(L= 2.0cm, D= 0.5cm)
b) two light blue faience cylinder beads and 4 fragments (largest, L= 2.0cm, D= 0.5cm)
c) thirteen light blue faience cylinder beads( L= 1.0cm, D= 0.3cm)
d) forty faience cylinder beads, miscellaneous sizes; several are chipped and broken and one is a fragment (largest L=1.5cm, D=0.5cm; smallest L= 0.5cm, D=0.3cm)
e) one small faience ball bead (D= 0.5cm)
f) one faience tear-drop shape pendant pierced at both ends, possibly a broadcollar element (L= 1.6cm, W=0.5cm)
g) one faience leaf shaped broadcollar element: incised leaf design on top, flat base; pierced at both ends, the boring hole at one end is broken (L=2.6, W=1.2cm)
h) one faience quatrafoil bead; glaze is worn in the center on both sides of bead (W=0.7cm, D=0.3cm)
i) two thick gray glazed steatite cylinder beads,one broken;( intact bead L=1.3cm W= 0.8cm)
j) one thin, gray glazed steatite cylinder bead (L= 1.3cm, W= 0.5cm)
k) one thick blue glazed steatite barrel bead ( L= 0.9cm, W= 0.9cm)
l) one carnelian pendant (L=1.0cm, W=0.5cm)

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B chamber 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