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

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, M 557


Overall: 204 cm total length of necklace x 0.2 cm diameter of faience beads x 0.8 cm diameter of large carnelian beads(80 5/16 x 1/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian and faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This necklace of one thousand and one beads is composed of eight large carnelian ring beads, nine hundred and twenty-five very small faience ring beads, one small carnelian ring bead, and sixty-seven jasper (?) ring beads.


From Mesaid tomb 557 [M/557]. 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