String of beads

Late Old Kingdom to First Intermediate Period, D
2323–2040 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesheikh


Overall: 19cm (7 1/2in.) Amethyst ape: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Barrel bead: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, rock crystal, amethyst, faience, amazonite, ivory

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads includes sixteen large carnelian and crystal drop-shaped pendant, two amethyst and one black stone ball, one carnelian barrel; a number of pendants, viz. four amethyst, three carnelian, three faience and one amazonite hawk; one amethyst ape, one faience triangular drop pendant; one amazonite and one carnelian hippopotamus head; one ivory flat pendant and one carnelian heart.


From Egypt Mesheikh (Mes / 136 / B). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition