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

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, M 808


Overall: 25.5 cm length of necklace x 0.3 cm diameter of carnelian bead (10 1/16 x 1/8 in.) Diameter and length of rectangular bead: 0.9 x 2.6 cm (3/8 x 1 in.) Diameter and length of amulets: 0.6 x 1.1 cm (1/4 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience and lapis

On View

Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This necklace is composed primarily of seventy-two carnelian disc and ring beads, one of which is faceted, eleven faience ring beads and amulets, and one large lapis lazuli rectangular bead drilled along the length and width.


From Mesaid, grave 808. 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