String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 204


Diameter and length: 0.3 x 60.1 cm (1/8 x 23 11/16 in.) Diameter of large ball: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Length x width of wedjat amulet: 1.5 x 1.1 cm (9/16 x 7/16 in.) Length x width crocodile: 2.1 x 0.9 cm (13/16 x 3/8 in.) Length x width of amulet? and diameter of ring bead: 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.3 cm (1/2 x 3/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, silver

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of approximately five hundred faience ring beads, two faience barrel beads,one large faience ball bead, one faience crumb bead, one silver biconical bead, one carnelian ring bead, one faience wadjet amulet, one faience stylized crocodile  amulet, and one other faience amulet unidentifiable.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 204. 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