String of beads

Predynastic Period
Naqada II (Gezean) 3650–3300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Tomb 925


Overall: 35 cm length of string x 0.5 cm diameter of ring and barrel beads (13 3/4 x 3/16 in.) Diameter and length of agate bead: 1 x 0.5 cm (3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience, and stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

This string of ninety-four beads is composed of fifteen carnelian ring beads, nine steatite ring beads, eleven blue glass ring beads, eleven lapis ring beads, forty-six black glass cylinder beads, one black stone barrel bead, and one olive-colored agate ball bead.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 925 [M/925]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition