Beads and broad collar elements

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty
2040–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit B


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Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, faience, steatite, original fiber string

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is described in the Object Register as:
a) four silver spacer beads L 3.4 - 2.5
b) cylinder beads of green faience encrusted with brown debris, some on the original stringing.
c) string to one strip of the silver tie beads are attached to two short cords, knotted at other end. Similar cords are attached to the green cylindrical beads
d) blue faience cylinder beads L 2.0 - 1.5.
e) four barrel beads in blue faience L 1.2 - 1.0 Dia 0.6.
f) green faience cylinder bead L 1.0;
g) two green glazed steatite cylinder beads L 1.5 and 1.4.
h) one large faience leaf shaped broad collar element pierced at both ends; two other non-joining fragments, L of complete bead is 1.9 cm.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, pit B. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, May 26, 1915; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt; 1921: received by MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition