User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

String of beads

Start collecting

This string contains three carnelian barrel beads; 2 carnelian ring beads; 4 carnelian ball beads; thirty-five garnet ball beads; five amethyst barrel beads; 1 faience cylinder bead, 1 faience spiral cylinder bead and 1 faience ring bead.


From Egypt, Mesheikh, MES 2106B. 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, Middle Kingdom, 2040–1640 B.C.


Mesheikh, Egypt


Overall: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, garnet, amethyst, faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads