String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 165 B


Length: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.) Diameter largest ball bead: 1.2 cm Diameter smallest ball bead: 0.5 cm Largest bi-conical bead: 1.6 L x 1.0 W

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, shell

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of three faience ring beads, seven large and twelve smaller faience ball beads, two faience bi-conical beads, one small faience conical bead, one carnelian ring bead, and one shell ring bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 165 B. 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: From Sheikh Farag. S.F.165B

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition