String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, Debris


Overall: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) - dia. of ring beads Overall: 1 cm (3/8 in.)dia. of disc beads Overall: 1.2 x 1 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in.) - dimensions of pendant

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This group of beads contains fifty-one white shell ring beads, eleven black shell ring beads, eight large and coarsely cut carnelian ring beads and one crude carnelian heart pendant.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag debris. 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition