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String of barrel beads and scarab

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This string consists of forty-six barrel beads of graduated sizes with a scarab in the center.


Said to be from Egypt, Haggi Qandil. 1903: purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1561-03.1564, 3.1617-03.1623, E.M.116-E.M.122) for £11. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty), 332–50 B.C.

Object Place

said to be from Haggi Qandil, Egypt


Largest: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.) Smallest: 0.5 x 0.6 cm (3/16 x 1/4 in.) Length of necklace: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads