String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 42


Overall length: 75 cm (29 1/2 in.) Large lenticular bead: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.) Lion amulet: 2 cm (13/16 in.) Small lenticular bead: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads and amulets consists of 140 total beads and includes one large lenticular bead, one smaller lenticular bead, two short cylinder beads , one long cylinder bead, one lion amulet, two small hippo head amulets, one small hawk amulet, one unidentified head amulet, one barrel bead, and ball, barrel, and conical beads of varying sizes.

The carnelian lion on this string of beads has been misidentified in the Object Register as made of amethyst. Photo A904 shows that it is this carnelian lion.


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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition