String of beads and amulets

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, said to be from Haggi Qandil


Overall: 38 cm (14 15/16 in.) Diameter large black ball beads: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Diameter small black ball beads: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Length black barrel bead: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Diameter faience ball beads: 0.2 cm (1/16 in.) Length faience barrel beads: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Length faience conical bead: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Length amulets: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of approximately seventy-five beads and amulets consists of:

Fifty-fthree black glass ball beads
Three black glass barrel bead
Fourteen faience ball beads
Four faience barrel beads
One faience conical bead
Three faience amulets


Said to be from Egypt, Haggi Qandil. 1903: purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1561-03.1564, 3.1617-03.1623, E.M.116-E.M.122) for £11. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund