User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

String of beads

Start collecting

This is a string of forty-nine beads. There are twenty-two amber colored beads of various shapes. There are also nine green cylinder beads, two black double ring beads, one single black ring bead, two blue barrel beads and twelve yellow conical beads. There is also one bead broken in half.


From Egypt, Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; October 28, 1885: voted to MFA at general meeting; February 1886: sent over to MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1886)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty)–Roman Imp, 50 B.C.–A.D. 337


Naukratis, Egypt


Overall necklace length: 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.) Diameter of double ring bead: 0.1 cm (1/16 in.) Diameter and length of largest amber bead: 2.2 x 1.7 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in.) Diameter and length of smallest amber bead: 0.3 x 0.5 cm (1/8 x 3/16 in.) Length of blue barrel beads: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.) Diameter and length of smallest yellow conical bead: 0.2 x 0.5 cm (1/16 x 3/16 in.) Diameter and length of largest yellow conical bead: 0.4 x 1.3 cm (3/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads