String of beads, broadcollar elements, and Bes amulet

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

Object Place: Egypt


Overall length of string: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.) Length x width Bes amulet: 2.2 x 1.9 cm (7/8 x 3/4 in.) Diameter aring bead: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This string is composed of approximately one hundred and fifty ring beads, ten multiple ring beads, four broadcollar elements, and one Bes amulet. The broadcollar elements are two bunches of grapes, one lotus seed pod or pomegranate, and one daisy. There is an additional similar daisy that has apparently broken off from its suspension ring. One white and two blue leaf-shaped broadcollar elements are separate. Three other white leaf-shaped broadcollar elements were installed in reconstructed collar 65.1723. The broadcollar elements all have suspension rings at both ends and are all of New Kingdom type.


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; 1945, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1945)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Goddard Dubois, "Goddard and Josephine Du Bois"