String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 218


String: 70.2 x diameter of spiral barrel1.1 cm (27 5/8 x 7/16 in.) Diameter and length: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Diameter and length of garnet barrel: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Diameter and length: 0.8 x 1 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience, garnet, amazonite, crystal ?

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of twelve carnelian ball beads, three carnelian barrel beads, twelve large and about twenty-two small carnelian ring beads, thirty-two medium and one small black faience ball beads, one medium blue faience ball bead, two black faience melon beads, one shell ring bead, one blue faience ring bead, one blue faience barrel bead, three faience quatrefoil beads, thirty-four faience barrel beads with a black-painted spiral, one faience bead pierced vertically and horizontally (not an X bead), one black faience crumb bead, two garnet barrel beads, one is broken, one crystal  monkey  amulet; and one amazonite pendant bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 218. 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