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This string of beads consists of one carnelian ball bead, three barrel carnelian beads, and about 300 shell ring beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 185. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. Findspot Information: From Sheikh Farag. S.F.185

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Length of string: 68 x shell bead diameter 0.4 cm (26 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads