String of beads

New Kingdom

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, Tomb S 520


Overall: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.) length of string.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, shell, amethyst, faience, silver

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



Necklace elements (strung together) composed of:

Six faience drop pendants, two with silver (?) caps and all with tiny carnelian ring (6 total) at the bottom end;
ten amethyst ball beads in graduated sizes;
one tiny amethyst ball bead;
three amethyst disc beads;
thirty-five carnelian disc/ball beads in varying sizes;
one large carnelian ball bead;
thirteen bone/shell ring beads;
approximately fifty tiny faience ring beads;
three silver ring beads;
three light green glass paste thick disc beads;
two wedjat eye faience beads.


From Semna, Tomb S 520 [Excav. date] Feb. 1924: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition