Cylinder beads and wire

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

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


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Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite, faience, bronze

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group contains:
a) Eighty-seven white, light green and blue-green faience cylinder beads of varying lengths and diameters (Longest: 4.5 cm; shortest .9 cm)
c) One tiny straight piece of bronze wire (1.5 cm long).
Also found with “c” were one faience ring bead and four short steatite cylinder beads (.6 - .8 cm) not mentioned in the Object Register.

One steatite cylinder bead (2.5 cm), broken into two vertical pieces, was found in a separate box and labeled “15-5-32 Res 21 38”.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit A. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, May 2, 1915; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition