String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 127


Length: 126 cm (49 5/8 in.) Diameter large bead: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.) Diameter amethyst ball bead: 0.6 cm Diameter carnelian ball bead: 0.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of fifty-two black faience ball and barrel beads of various sizes, forty-four large blue faience ball beads, twenty-nine small blue faience ball beads, two blue faience cylinder beads, three barrel and thirteen ring beads, twenty carnelian ball beads, three carnelian barrel beads, and sixteen amethyst ball beads. There is also a loose fragment of a ring bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF127. 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.127

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition