String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 8


Overall: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.) length

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, glass, carnelian, amethyst, faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of 39 beads includes 12 tiny faience ring beads (some fused together), 2 pierced univalve shells, 3 large faience ball beads, 2 carnelian ball beads, 1 garnet melon bead, 1 amethyst ball bead, 2 faience quatrefoil beads, 1 turquoise glass drop pendant, 1 faience cylinder bead, 4 small faience barrel beads, 1 faience melon bead, 1 stone melon bead, 1 recumbent cat  amulet, and 1 animal amulet.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 8. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition