Beads and amulets


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 5040 debris


a: 0.6 x 1.5 cm (1/4 x 9/16 in.) b: 0.8 x 5 cm (5/16 x 1 15/16 in.) d: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) e: 0.8 x 0.4 cm (5/16 x 3/16 in.) f: 0.7 x 0.3 x 1.6 cm (1/4 x 1/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, steatite

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a group consisting of:
a) one steatite cylinder bead
b) two joining fragments of a large faience tapering cylinder bead with spiral incising,
c) one broken faience cylinder bead
d) one black biconical bead
e) one glassy faience disc bead
f) one irregular faience amulet (found housed with 23-11-339c-k and labelled 23-10-340g)
one tiny faience frog amulet.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5040 debris. 1923: 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