String of beads

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 5, Pit D, chamber debris

Dimensions

Leaf beads: 1.3 x 2.9 cm (1/2 x 1 1/8 in.) Cylinder beads: length 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

15-4-93a

Medium or Technique

Steatite and faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This necklace is composed of six leaf shaped broad collar elements of blue glazed faience, bored at both ends. They are separated by fifteen steatite cylinder beads. Each leaf shaped bead is three-sided and has a scored chevron pattern on the top two sides. There is no information on how this necklace was assembled. It appears that six of the pendants were taken from 21.919=15-4-93a, as the accession card notes that it contained 10 leaf shaped beads with a hole at both ends. The beads in this neckalce are shown pictured on the accession card photo 21.919. Further, the box labelled 21.919, now contains only four beads. Therefore the six that are part of this necklace likely came from 21.919.

Provenance

From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 5, pit D, chamber debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition