Beads and amulet

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty)–Roman Imp

Findspot: Egypt, Saft el-Hinna, S530


Other: 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.) length

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, faience, quartz, carnelian

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



Approximately 22 assorted glass, faience, carnelian beads (strung and loose) in red, black, white, green and blue with an ibis amulet.

faience - 2.2x0.8 (green Ibis)

quartz- 2.4x2.0 (translucent, clear lenticular bead)

carnelian - 2.0x0.8 (flattened barrel bead)
carnelian - 0.9x0.9 (two ball beads)

glass - 1.6x0.5 (gray barrel bead with white central band)
glass - 1.9x0.8 (gray barrel bead with many small white stripes)
glass - 1.4-1.0 (gray barrel bead with white stripes)
glass - 1.6x0.8 (red, green, yellow barrel bead)
glass - 1.1 (gray balll bead with white swirls)
glass - 1.1 (gray ball bead with red/yellow ovals)
glass - 1.1 (orange ball bead)
glass - 0.5x0.6 (green melon bead)
glass - 0.8x1.0 (orange ring bead)

9 beads associated with a broken string (8cm in length)
glass - 1 black/gray ball bead
glass - 3 green and white cylinder beads
glass - 3 green and yellow nearly bionical beads
glass - 2 black, white, and green ring beads


From Egypt, Saft el-Hinna (Goshen), Tomb 530. 1905-6, excavated by W. M. F. Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; assigned to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription