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Necklace (?)

This is a group of five beads and ten pierced shells, all strung and possibly from a necklace. There are ten univalve shells of three different types, two carnelian ring beads, one glazed steatite ring bead, one glazed steatite disc bead, and one bone/shell ring bead.


From Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 654. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, steatite, carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands