String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 56


Overall: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, faience, carnelian and amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of thirty-seven total beads consists of eleven large and six small faience ball beads, seven faience rosette beads, four faience cylinder beads, three conical beads (two blue faience and one beige-white faience), one faience biconical bead, one pierced shell, one carnelian hippo head amulet, one carnelian ball bead, one amethyst hippo head amulet, and one unidentifiable amethyst amulet.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 56. 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