Beads from a broad collar

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty
2040–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10B, pit debris


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Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, linen, resin, plaster, nut(?)

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



OP.1.15-5-741 consists of beads and bead fragments.

The box contains approximately 200 cylinder beads, many are chipped and broken; fifty-five of these beads are strung together on modern thread, the rest are loose.
Tag in box reads ” 15-5-741?
Bersheh, 10B
  Remainder of broad collar”
(longest length =2.5cm, diameter =0.5cm; smallest length=0.6cm, diameter=0.3cm).

There are also four small bags as follows:
-one bag contains ten large cylinder beads(some broken) and one ball bead
(ball bead diameter= 1.3cm; cylinder bead length = 2.3cm, diameter= 0.3cm)
- one bag contains one barrel bead with uneven glaze; three cylinder beads, and one nut Tag reads “these were in 15-5-741 box but not accounted for”
(barrel bead length=1.0cm, diameter= 0.7cm; cylinder bead length = 1.2cm, diameter= 0.4cm)
-one bag contains nine small cylinder beads( length=1.5cm, diameter =0.4cm)
Tag reads ” 15-5-741
Bersheh 10B
  remainder of broad collar”
- one bag contains cylinder bead fragments, plaster fragments and debris
(longest cylinder bead, length= 2.2 cm, diameter= 0.4cm; smallest cylinder length= 0.5cm, diameter=0.4cm)


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit B debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, May 1, 1915; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt; 1921: received by MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition