String of beads

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Hu (Diaspolis Parva), Q 23


Overall: 74 cm (29 1/8 in.) Scarab length x width x thickness: 1.5 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm (9/16 x 7/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, garnet ,amethyst, faience, crystal

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Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of eighty-nine beads includes forty-eight garnet ball beads, twenty-six carnelian ball beads, five carnelian barrel beads, one faience ring bead, four amethyst ball beads, three amethyst lenticular beads, one amethyst barrel bead and one crystal ball bead. In addition, there is a Hyksos-style faience scarab in the center of the string.


From Egypt, Hu (Diaspolis Parva), Egypt, Q 23. 1899: 1898-1899: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF); assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription