Mosaic glass beads had long been popular in Egypt. The period of large intercontinental empires beginning about 500 BC initiated a period of widespread trade of these small items. These are all modern stringings; most ancient stringing patterns are lost as the string decays.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.