Necklace (?)

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

Object Place: Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 654


Overall: 1.4 cm length of largest shells (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, steatite, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This is a group of five beads and ten pierced shells, all strung and possibly from a necklace. There are ten univalve shells of three different types, two carnelian ring beads, one glazed steatite ring bead, one glazed steatite disc bead, and one bone/shell ring bead.


From Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 654. 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