String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, El Kab


Overall: 62 cm (24 7/16 in.) Scarab diameter and length: 0.6 x 1.2 cm (1/4 x 1/2 in.) Falcon diameter and length: 0.4 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 1/2 in.) Lentoid diameter and length: 0.7 x 2.1 cm (1/4 x 13/16 in.) Barrel bead diameter and length: 1.2 x 1.5 cm (1/2 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Garnet, amazonite, amethyst, carnelian, copper

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Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

This string of beads includes fifty-two graduated garnet beads, an amethyst scarab, an amazonite falcon, a large carnelian lentoid bead and a copper disc. The disc is object 98.1115,described as a “thin disc of copper, pierced in center (PM 579) “


From Elkab. 1897, excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account , assigned to the Egyptian Research Account in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the ERA in response for contributions.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription