String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.


Legacy dimension: Length: of string 0.380

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The beads consist of 11 lenticular (lozenge-shaped) carnelian beads, 1 carnelian heart pendant, 15 carnelian truncated ball beads, 2 carnelian ball beads, 2 gold biconical beads (ancient or modern ), and 2 small hollow gold ball beads/terminals (modern).

Accession card notes that there originally 8 hollow gold ball beads in this grouping that were removed and combined with 10 hollow gold ball beads from 47.1630 to make a new necklace.


Between 1900 and 1907, acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York; 1946, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1946)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Goddard Du Bois