String of beads, broadcollar elements and amulets

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Length of string: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.) See description

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string of beads is comprised of approximately 261 tiny ring beads strung with five amulets and two openwork ball beads (D 1.0 cm). The amulets include a large Menat in the center (3.2 x 1.3 cm), two fish (1.7 cm), one turtle (1.4 cm) and one flower pod (?). There is also a group of sixteen loose pendants or broadcollar elements, including three bunches of purple grapes (1.6cm), three reddish brown and purple poppy petals, one small brown lotus seed pod, one small brown lotus flower, one large brown palm leaf (?), one large blue palm leaf (?), two blue nefer signs, one yellow flower pod, one purple date, one small blue leaf, and one brown seed pod. Two lotus petals were installed in reconstructed collar 65.1723.


Between 1900 and 1907, acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York; 1947, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 31, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Goddard and Josephine Du Bois