String of barrel beads
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
Findspot: Egypt, Hu, Y 178
Overall length: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.) Diameter and length large bead: 0.3 x 1.2 cm (1/8 x 1/2 in.) Diameter and length small bead: 0.3 x 0.4 cm (1/8 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This is a string of fifty-six translucent dark blue glass barrel beads.
The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.
From Hu (Diaspolis Parva), Egypt, Y 178. 1899: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription