Seal amulet and beads on original cord

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.) Seal: Length x width: 2.1 x 1.7 cm (13/16 x 11/16 in.) Bi-conical bead: Length: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) Cylinder bead: Length: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli, carnelian, glazed steatite, and cord

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string consists of one carnelian biconical bead, one blue-glaze steatite cylinder bead, and one lapis-lazuli seal with papyrus plant design on the face, all strung on original cord.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition