String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 87


Overall: 43 cm (16 15/16 in.) Diameter large ball bead: 1.2 cm Diameter small faience ball bead: 0.5 cm Diameter tan ring bead: 0.4 cm Diameter carnelian ball bead: 0.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This string of beads consists of twenty-nine large and seventeen small, blue faience ball beads, two faience quatrefoil beads, three faience cylinder beads, one faience barrel bead, two carnelian ball beads, and one tan ring bead, and one thick faience ring bead. There is also one loose, large ball bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 87. 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. / 87

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition