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Wedge-shaped bead

This is a very unusual, wedge-shaped lapis bead which is pierced both lengthwise and side-to-side. There is one tiny carnelian ring bead stuck in the boring hole at one end of the lapis bead.


From Egypt, Zawiyet el-Aryan, 1911: 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, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads