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This string of beads consists of about 225 carnelian ring beads, two broeken faience barel beads, and five faience ring beads. There is one rectangular glazed steatite bead at one end and one bone ring at the other.


From Elkab. 1897, excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account , assigned to the Egyptian Research Account in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the ERA in response for contributions.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, 2575–2465 B.C.


El Kab, Egypt


Overall: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.) Steatite bead: 0.9 x 0.7 cm (3/8 x 1/4 in.) Ring beads: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Bone ring: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads