This is a string of approximately one hundred and fifty-six garnet, carnelian and amethyst barrel, ring and ball beads with a large carnelian lenticular bead in the center. Included are fourteen garnet barrel beads and sixteen amethyst ball beads. There are also two broken carnelian pieces in a bag.
From Egypt. By 1960: with dealer in Cairo; February 1962: purchased by Miriam W. Graham; 1962-2002: with Miriam W. Graham; 2002: given to the MFA by Miriam W. Graham.
Gift of Miriam W. Graham
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 2140–1640 B.C.
Overall: 104.1 cm (41 in.) Diameter amethyst ball bead: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Diameter and length carnelian barrel bead: 0.9 x 1.1 cm (3/8 x 7/16 in.) Large lenticular bead: 2.8 x 3.1 cm (1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Garnet, carnelian, amethyst