Beads and amulets


Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 5010 A black debris


Smallest a: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Largest a: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) b: 0.7 x 2.1 cm (1/4 x 13/16 in.) Smallest c: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Largest c: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.) d: .3 Smallest e: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) g: 0.9 x 0.8 cm (3/8 x 5/16 in.) h: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a group of:
a) 7 large and 3 small faience ball beads
b) 1 large faience cylinder bead
c) 3 faience barrel beads (one larger than the other two)
d) 2 faience ring beads
e) 10 carnelian ring beads
f) 1 tiny faience seated god figure  amulet with a ring on the back for suspension
g) 1 faience square plaque amulet with an incised X on front and a ring for suspension on the back
h) 1 metal disc, pierced through the center with a tiny hole. The edge is chipped in several places.
One broken faience barrel or cylinder bead and one crooked faience cylinder bead are also present.

Beads a-e are strung together.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5010 A black 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