String of beads

Middle Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 5, Pit D, chamber debris


Leaf beads: 1.3 x 2.9 cm (1/2 x 1 1/8 in.) Cylinder beads: length 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite and faience

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This necklace is composed of six leaf shaped broad collar elements of blue glazed faience, bored at both ends. They are separated by fifteen steatite cylinder beads. Each leaf shaped bead is three-sided and has a scored chevron pattern on the top two sides. There is no information on how this necklace was assembled. It appears that six of the pendants were taken from 21.919=15-4-93a, as the accession card notes that it contained 10 leaf shaped beads with a hole at both ends. The beads in this neckalce are shown pictured on the accession card photo 21.919. Further, the box labelled 21.919, now contains only four beads. Therefore the six that are part of this necklace likely came from 21.919.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 5, pit D, chamber debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition