String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2061–1783 B.C.


Overall: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.) originally listed as 39.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A string of beads that consists of 54 carnelian ball beads with large borings and 3 carnelian lion amulets on modern gold mounts hung as pendants. There is one loose gold ball bead/terminal (modern).

The accession card reads: 10 large gold hollow ball beads; 3 carnelian lion amulets hung as pendants; 54 carnelian ball beads. Accession card then notes that these 10 large hollow gold ball beads were restrung with the 8 large hollow gold ball beads from a necklace with accession number 46.1458 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; 1947, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 31, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Goddard and Josephine Du Bois