Necklace

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaaed, M/545

Dimensions

Overall: 38 cm length of strings together x 0.2 - 0.7 cm diameters of ring and ball beads (14 15/16 x 3/16 in.) Diameter and length of seashell shaped bone bead: 0.5 x 0.8 cm (3/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3854

Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

These two strings from a necklace are composed of one hundred and thirty mixed cylinder, ring, and ball beads of different materials, and some loose beads which came off the strings. There are seventy-eight amazonite cylinder and ring beads, twenty-two beige stone cylinder and ring beads, fifteen mishapen black faience ball beads, and one bone bead shaped like a shell, with fourteen older (predynastic) carnelian ring beads. See unstrung silver (?) beads that are the same field number 13-4-52.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 545 [M/545]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Boston Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition