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This string consists of two large amethyst biconical beads, four small amethyst ball beads, three carnelian ball beads and two lenticular carnelian beads.


From Egypt, Mesheikh, Mes/2102. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom–First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 6–10, 2323–2040 B.C.


Mesheikh, Egypt


Overall: biconical, 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Overall: lenticular, 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Overall: ball, 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads