String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2061–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaeed, tomb 955 (Mesa'eed) (Mes.955


Overall: 17.3cm (6 13/16in.) Panther head: 1.2 x 1.1 cm (1/2 x 7/16 in.) Triangular pendant: 1.2 x 2.2 cm (1/2 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, amethyst, stone.

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of fifty beads and amulets consists of thirty two carnelian ring beads and one amethyst ball bead, one amethyst ring bead, one round black stone drop pendant, one black triangular shaped drop pendant, one flat black stone drop pendant, three round drop pendants, one carnelian panther head amulet, one flat stone heart shaped bead, three carnelian drop pendants, one stone flattened biconical bead, two carnelian amphora shaped pendants, one carnelian scorpion shaped amulet (tip is broken), one shell shaped stone bead.


From Mesaid tomb 955 [M/955]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition