String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF/170


Length: 33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.) Diameter large ball bead: 1.2 cm Drop pendant: 1.5 L x 0.8 W Diameter quatrefoil: 0.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, garnet or glass, amethyst, carnelian, amazonite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads and amulets consists of five large and one small faience ball beads, thirty tiny faience ring beads, thirty-seven faience quatrefoil beads, one faience cylinder bead, one large and four small faience barrrel beads, one garnet or glass barrel bead, one carnelian ball bead, one carnelian tear-drop pendant bead and eight amulets including two green amazonite falcons and one amazonite falcon or monkey, one carnelian falcon, one carnelian hippo head, one amethyst hippo head, and two amethyst ornaments. The glaze on many of the faience beads is particularly shiny.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag. 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.170

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition