String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 94


Overall: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.) Diameter largest faience ball bead: 1.0 cm Length striped cylinder bead: 1.5 cm Length striped conical: 3.1 cm Diameter carnelian ball bead: 0.8 cm Diameter amethyst ball bead: 0.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, amethyst, hematite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This string of beads consists of two blue, faience amulets (one falcon and one unidentifiable), forty-two faience ball beads, five bi-conical and four cylinder beads, one conical and one cylinder glass bead with black stripes, ten carnelian ring beads, eight carnelian ball beads, two amethyst ball beads, one hematite ball bead and one hematite barrel bead, five tiny blue glass ring beads, and one carnelian barrel bead. One small glass ring bead and one faience flattened ball bead were found loose.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 94. 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.94

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition