String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2061–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 43


Length: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, amethyst, hematite, silver, green stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of forty-four beads and amulets contains nine carnelian cylinder beads, seven carnelian barrel beads, five carnelian ring beads, one large and one small carnelian ball beads, two faience biconical beads, two large faience ball beads, one agate cylinder bead, one agate barrel bead, two lapis barrel beads, one lapis cylinder bead, one glass truncated ball bead, one smaller truncated ball bead made of glass or stone, one amazonite ring bead, and one faience ring bead. It also contains a number of amulets including one hematite and one dark green stone frog, one lapis Bat head, one carnelian wedjat eye, one tiny unclassifiable amulet of turquoise glass, one tiny amazonite amulet, and a tarnished silver duck amulet.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 43. 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