Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, SheikhFarag, SF 187


Largest: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Smallest: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, garnet, carnelian, original fiber string

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group contains 8 faience ball beads, 4 carnelian ball beads, 5 garnet ball beads (1 with a bit of original string), 2 faience barrel beads, 1 garnet barrel bead, one faience quatrefoil bead, one faience notched rectangle, and nine strings of ring beads on the original string. Of these, 4 faience ball beads, 2 garnet ball beads, 1 garnet barrel bead, 3 carnelian ball beads, the notched rectangle and 2 faience cylinder beads are strung together and shown in HU-MFA Expedition photo A989.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 187. 1913: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition