String of shells

Egyptian
Predynastic, Badarian Period
4500–3800 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, el-Mustagidda, Tomb 3003

Dimensions

Length of string: 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

55.64

Medium or Technique

Shell

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

Necklace of many small Nerita shells strung with three larger univalve shells.

Provenance

From Egypt, El-Mustagidda, tomb 3003. 1928-29, excavated by the British Museum Expedition to Egypt; given to the British Museum by the government of Egypt; 1955: acquired by the MFA by exchange with the British Museum.

Credit Line

By exchange with The British Museum