Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 8, pit A ,chamber X debris


BOX 1: a) Long/thin bead:Diameter and length: 0.4 x 2.5 cm (3/16 x 1 in.) Diameter and length: 0.5 x 1.6 cm (3/16 x 5/8 in.) Smallest bead:Diameter and length: 0.3 x 0.8 cm (1/8 x 5/16 in.) b) Largest barrel bead: Diameter and length: 0.4 x 2 cm (3/16 x 13/16 in.) Smaller cylinder:Diameter and length: 0.3 x 1.3 cm (1/8 x 1/2 in.) c) Irregular bead: Diameter and length: 0.5 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 1/2 in.) d) x bead: Overall: 0.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 cm (5/16 x 1/4 x 1/8 in.) e) Lotus shaped bead: Overall: 1 x 1 x 0.3 cm (3/8 x 3/8 x 1/8 in.) Box 2: Length of beads ranges from approximately 1.1 cm- 1.7 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, bronze, copper?

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



The objects are divided into two boxes:

Box 1 of 2:
a) twenty-two faience cylinder beads of varying length and width; some have broken ends; one contains a tiny bit of original string
b) forty-five beads: thirty-two barrel beads and one cylinder bead are strung on modern string; twelve loose barrel beads
c) one flattened , irregular shaped bead pierced through the center
d) one x bead, double bored, top-to- bottom and side-to-side
e)one black faience lotus shaped bead, pierced top-to-bottom and additionally there are two side holes on either side
Additional objects in this box that are not mentioned in the Object Register:
-one tiny copper(?) ring (in bag with c,d,e)
-two scraps of bronze
-approximately thirty faience bead fragments

Box 2:
There are 643 strung beads, nearly all being barrel beads, of differnt shades of bright blue and green. Included in this number is a black faience cylinder bead and several blue cylinder beads. There is a knot after each group of 100 beads and then a final section of forty-three beads. In addition there are two loose barrel beads. The label states that this group of beads ” possibly goes with 15-4-378”.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 8, pit A, chamber X debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition