String of beads

Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D 364

Object Place: Roman; Findspot: Egypt, Nabasha


Overall length: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.) Diameter and length of black ball bead: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.) Diameter and length dark blue cylinder with zig zag design: 1.4 x 2.1 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a string of eighteen beads of various shapes, sizes and colors. It includes two blue cylinder beads with a green design in relief and a dark blue cylinder bead (broken in two pieces) with a white zig-zag design in relief among the other plain and varigated beads.


From Egypt, Tell Nabasha (Am). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: June 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription