String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 174


Overall length: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.) Shell pendant length: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) Largest cylinder bead length: 1.5 x 1.5 cm (9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, carnelian, amethyst, black glass, amazonite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads contains numerous faience ring, barrel, cylinder and ball beads; nine carelian ball beads; seven carnelian ring beads; one pierced shell pendant; one pierced shell bead; two twice-pierced flat shell pendants; one amethyst hippo amulet, one amethyst ball bead, one faience human figure  bead; 2 black glass  ball beads; one mottled ball bead; one dark brown barrel bead in two pieces; and one amazonite flattened barrel bead.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag. SF 174. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Findspot Information: From Sheikh Farag. S.F.174

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition