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Rectangular plaques or beads

More than one hundred (100) mother-of-pearl rectangular plaques for armbands or bracelets; pierced at both ends and strung on a single cord. These are narrow and thin plaques discolored brown. Also forty (40) loose plaques larger in size and lighter in color. Characteristic of Pan-grave jewelry.


Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group ( 03.1693-03.1696) for £2. (Accession date: January 1, 1903).

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Nubian (Pan-Grave), Pan-Grave Period, 1640–1550 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell (mother-of-pearl)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets