Predynastic Period
Naqada I–III 3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, M 915


Overall: carnelian disc 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Overall: blue faience disc 1 cm (3/8 in.) Overall: 4 stone barrel largest 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Overall: 8 pottery barrel largest 0.6 x 0.8 cm (1/4 x 5/16 in.) Overall: scorpion 2.8 x 0.6 cm (1 1/8 x 1/4 in.) Overall: pod 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Overall: carnelian barrel 0.8 x 1.5 cm (5/16 x 9/16 in.) Overall: quartz barrel 1.3 x 0.8 cm (1/2 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, quartz

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group is composed of eighteen beads in total, consisting of eight brown pottery(?) barrel beads, one large quartz barrel bead, one large carnelian barrel bead, one small carnelian pendant, four stone barrel beads (two green, one black, one white), one carnelian ring bead, one broken faience disc bead, and one carnelian scorpion or uraeus.


From Mesaid tomb 915 [M/915]. 1913: 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.

(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition