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String of beads

One string from a girdle of blue glazed steatite ring beads with white shell disk beads at intervals.


From El-Mustagidda, Tomb 3522/2. 1928-29, excavated by the British Museum Expedition to Egypt; given to the British Museum by the government of Egypt; 1955: acquired by the MFA by exchange with the British Museum.

Credit Line

By exchange with The British Museum

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Badarian, 4500–3800 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Object Place

el-Mustagidda, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite and shell


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads