String of melon beads

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 51 A

Dimensions

Length x width: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.10546

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This is a string of eighty-even melon beads, perhaps miitating seds or berries. There are scant traces of the original blue-green glaze in some of the bead grooves.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 51 A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition