String of beads

Middle Kingdom
2140–1640 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 104.1 cm (41 in.) Diameter amethyst ball bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Diameter and length carnelian barrel bead: 0.9 x 1.1 cm (3/8 x 7/16 in.) Large lenticular bead: 2.8 x 3.1 cm (1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Garnet, carnelian, amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a string of approximately one hundred and fifty-six garnet, carnelian and amethyst barrel, ring and ball beads with a large carnelian lenticular bead in the center. Included are fourteen garnet barrel beads and sixteen amethyst ball beads. There are also two broken carnelian pieces in a bag.


From Egypt. By 1960: with dealer in Cairo; February 1962: purchased by Miriam W. Graham; 1962-2002: with Miriam W. Graham; 2002: given to the MFA by Miriam W. Graham.

Credit Line

Gift of Miriam W. Graham