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This beautifully colored necklace attests to the relatively wide availability of fine raw materials in Early Dynastic Egypt, for it belonged not to a member of the ruling class, but rather to an individual of moderate social standing. It comes from the Early Dynastic cemetery at the site of...

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, grave 116. 1910-11: 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. (Accession date: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1–2, 2960–2649 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


Length: 63 cm (24 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Carnelian, limestone, quartz


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands