String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 167


String length: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.) See description Diameter large ball bead: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Diameter ring bead: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Biconical bead length: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads contains 6 big faience ball beads (1.3 cm); 1 faience biconical bead (.8 x 1.6 cm); 2 complete and one broken faience conical beads; 6 small faience ball beads; 1 tiny faience ring bead, 1 pierced univalve shell (.7 x 1.3 cm),15 shell ring beads, and one carnelian ring bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 167. 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.

Findspot Information: S.F.167

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition