String of beads

Old Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris


Overall length of string: 104 cm (40 15/16 in.) Diameter and length of barrel bead: 0.7 x 1 cm (1/4 x 3/8 in.) Diameter and length of shell bead: 0.8 x 0.9 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.) Diameter and length of lenticular bead: 0.7 x 0.9 cm (1/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, glass (?)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This string of beads consists of approximately 460 small blue faience ring beads, two black faience ball beads, one blue faience ball bead, one black barrel bead (glass?), one small shell pierced at one end, one tiny blue ring bead and one tiny blue barrel bead. There are also two loose, blue faience beads, one barrel bead and one lenticular bead.


From Egypt, Giza debris. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition