String of beads and aegis

New Kingdom?
1550–1070 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt


Aegis: 3.2 x 3.7 cm (1 1/4 x 1 7/16 in.) Diameter ball bead: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.) Diameter ring bead: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads is comprised of 76 blue faience ball beads and 72 cream faience ring beads strung in alternate groups of three. One yellow faience aegis with a lion-head is strung in the middle and one yellow ball bead is at each end of the string.

The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.


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; 1945, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1945)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Goddard Dubois, "Goddard and Josephine Du Bois"