String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 166


Length of string of beads: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.) Diameter largest carnelian ball bead: 0.6 cm (3/16 in.) Length faience bi-conical: 1.8 cm Diameter largest faience ball bead: 0.7 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience, shell

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of seven large carnelian ball beads, ten carnelian barrel beads, eleven carnelian ring beads, six shell ring beads, three blue faience, bi-conical beads, four blue faience cylinder beads, and nine blue faience ball beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 166. 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.166

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition