String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 65


Length: 61 cm (24 in.) Diameter of largest ball bead: 2.4 cm (7/8 in.) Diameter of smallest bead: 0.2 cm Length of largest cylinder bead: 3.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of one very large and three large faience ball beads, thirteen faience cylinder beads, three faience quatrefoil beads, two faience barrel beads, twenty-three faience ball beads, about 336 tiny glass ring beads, and one carnelian ring bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 65. 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.65

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition