String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 217


String length: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.) Diameter of large ball beads: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Diameter and length of barrel beads: 0.5 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads contains 1 short faience cylinder bead, 1 longer faience cylinder bead with grooves on one side, 3 small faience ball beads, 1 carnelian barrel bead, 2 barrel faience beads with black painted spirals, and 5 large faience ball beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 217. 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. / 217

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition