String of beads

Predynastic, Nagada IIc (Gerzean) Period
3650–3300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Tomb 102


Length: 34 cm (13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery, stone and shell

On View

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


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace consisting of twenty-one black faience cylindrical beads, one cylindrical bead of hollow shell and a calcite drop pendant. It is likely that each bead was hand-rolled and pierced with an awl prior to being fired in a reducing atmosphere.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 102, no. 17, 18, 19. [M/102/17, M/102/18, M/102/19]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition