String of beads

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Largest ball bead: 1.5 x 0.8 cm (9/16 x 5/16 in.) Smallest ball bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Barrel bead: 1.4 x 0.7 cm (9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, steatite, faience, glass, stone.

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Twenty beads on a string:
ten faience crumb beads (six are biconical, some flattened)
one is a cylinder, steatite
two barrel, one thick in glazed faience: one stone
three green biconical, glass

Twenty seven loose beads:
nine flattened biconical - faience crumb beads
four carnelian- three biconical, one ring
one rectangular black faience EM 122 written on it
one steatite cylinder
two fancy cylinder
one biconical steatite
one large cylinder, steatite, broken in two pieces
two black barrel, stone
one very thick green glazed ring
one black pendant, stone
one ball, glass
two square sided ball beads, glass
one green biconical, glass.


Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe, Dec. 1903.

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund