String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 5 C


Length of string of beads: 38.5 cm (15 3/16 in.) Smallest bright blue bead: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Largest bright blue bead: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Basic faience beads: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Amethyst bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a portion of a necklace consisting of about forty-three large faience ball beads (two of which are bright blue, the rest faded green), four small spherical faience beads (one of which is bright blue), and one amethyst ball bead (13-3-333B).


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 5 C. 1913: 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