Beads and wig appliqué

Egyptian


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 114

Dimensions

Diameter and length barrel bead: 1.4 x 1.9 cm (9/16 x 3/4 in.) Diameter ball beads: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5804.2

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This assortment of beads contains two large ball beads, one barrel bead, and one wig applique. The wig applique, probably from a coffin, is an oval black faience disc with flat bottom and convex top; many of this type have a glassy glaze. The top has deep parallel ridges and there is a small circular drilled out indentation in the center of the flat base, possibly for attaching with peg or adhesive (see 13.3880-13.3898.) The striped pattern on top is meant to imitate hair.

Provenance

From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 114. 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