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This string of beads consists of approximately two hundred and ten shell ring beads, two carnelian ball beads, twelve large faience ball beads, and approximately one hundred and ten small faience ball beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 168. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Overall: 98cm (38 9/16in Ring beads: 0.1 x 0.6 cm (1/16 x 1/4 in.) Carnelian ball beads: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) Large faience ball beads: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Small faience ball beads: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, shell, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads