String of beads and amulets

Middle Kingdom
2061–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, S.F.244B


Overall: 29cm (11 7/16in.) Sphinx: Length: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) Amethyst hawk amulets: Height: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.) Carnelian hyppo amulet: Length: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, amethyst, amazonite, garnet, faience, glass

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads consists of:
two faience bi-conical beads (23-10-282c)
one small garnet ball bead (23-10-283g)
one amethyst ball bead (23-10-337b)
one bi-conical, and one small carnelian barrel bead (23-10-282b and 23-10-337d)
eleven carnelian ball beads (six are 23-10-283a, five are 23-10-337c)
one blue glass drop pendant (23-10-283i)
three amazonite amulets (23-10-280c and d are hawk amulets, 23-10-338 a crouched female sphinx amulet)
seven amethyst bi-conical beads (four are 23-10-282a, three are 23-10-337a)
two amethyst hawk amulets (23-10-280a and b)
one carnelian hippo head amulet (23-10-281)
one small faience barrel bead (23-10-283d – one is missing)
one amazonite lentoid bead (23-10-283h)
one carnelian or garnet ring bead (23-10-283f )
two faience ball beads


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag, S.F.244 B. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: June 4, 1925)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition