Wedge-shaped bead

Egyptian
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1
2960–2770 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan

Dimensions

Overall: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.3083

Medium or Technique

Lapis

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This is a very unusual, wedge-shaped lapis bead which is pierced both lengthwise and side-to-side. There is one tiny carnelian ring bead stuck in the boring hole at one end of the lapis bead.

Provenance

From Zawyet el-Aryan, 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition