Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19B, pit debris


Carnelian ball bead Diameter: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Faience barrel bead Diameter and length: 0.6 x 1.4 cm (1/4 x 9/16 in.) Longest cylinder bead: 1.5 cm Smallest cylinder bead: .5 cm Ring bead: .1 cm Bag #1 Tiny faience ring bead Diameter : 0.1 cm (1/16 in.) Bag #2 Length of largest cylinder: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) Length of smallest cylinder: 0.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian and steatite

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



Three beads found in one bag: one blue faience ball bead, one faience barrel bead and one carnelian ball bead. The Object Register states that this group includes “cylindrical/ faience, one barrel-shaped/faience, small circular on original string/faience, small round/faience, cylindrical/steatite, one round/carnelian”. Only the blue faience ball bead, faience barrel bead and carnelian ball bead are present.

Two other bags found with 15-5-804 were added that seem to possibly belong with this group:

One bag with a string of approximately twenty-two tiny faience ring beads; some beads hold original string.

Second bag contains twenty-four cylinder beads and fragments; three of those seem to be steatite, the rest are faience.

Certain beads from 15-5-804 and 15-5-646 were taken and merged to form a bracelet on exhibit (21.10556). These two extra bags seem to be left over beads from 15-5-646.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 19, pit B 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