String of beads



Overall: 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold, amazonite

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



String of fifty-four carnelian ball beads of graduated size (thirty-one strung, twenty-three loose). Also strung are two carnelian bottle pendants and one gold ball bead. Center: amazonite scarab, uninscribed. Also present are two gold ball beads with two gold rings attached, not mentioned on the accession card.

Original description on accession card reads: 54 carnelian ball beads; 12 gold ball beads; 2 decorated gold bands; 2 Carnelian bottle pendants. Center: amazonite scarab, uninscribed. Note on accession card reads: 11 gold spherical beads and 2 Etruscan earrings (used) as bead were auctioned at Sotheby’s in 1991.


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