String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 42


Overall: 74 cm (29 1/8 in.) Diameter large ball bead: 1.2 cm Length large conical bead: 1.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, amazonite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads and amulets consists of fourteen large and seven small ball beads, one quatrefoil bead, two grooved cylinder beads, one bright blue cylinder bead, one cylinder bead broken into two pieces, one melon bead, seven small barrel beads, twenty-four long and 7 seven short conical beads, and fifteen amulets including faience hawk, wedjat eye, hippo head, Taweret and other miscellaneous amulets, and two amazonite hippo head amulets. Faience amulets are not mentioned in the Object Register under any of the field numbers associated with this tomb.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 42. 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. SF / 42

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition