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This string of beads consists of seven large carnelian ball beads, ten carnelian barrel beads, eleven carnelian ring beads, six shell ring beads, three blue faience, bi-conical beads, four blue faience cylinder beads, and nine blue faience ball beads.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 166. 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.166

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Length of string of beads: 32 cm (12 5/8 in.) Diameter largest carnelian ball bead: 0.6 cm (3/16 in.) Length faience bi-conical: 1.8 cm Diameter largest faience ball bead: 0.7 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience, shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads