Nefer pendants and beads

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Length of string: 39.9 cm (15 11/16 in.) Height of jackal: 1.4 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Electrum and glass

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Twenty-four electrum nefer pendants; two triple nefer pendants; fifty-one barrel beads. Strung with grouped ball beads of dark and light blue glass. Center: gold jackal amulet.

[Alternate Text:]
The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.


Between 1900 and 1907, acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York; 1945, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1945)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Goddard Dubois, "Goddard and Josephine Du Bois"