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This necklace is composed primarily of seventy-two carnelian disc and ring beads, one of which is faceted, eleven faience ring beads and amulets, and one large lapis lazuli rectangular bead drilled along the length and width.


From Mesaid, grave 808. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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




Overall: 25.5 cm length of necklace x 0.3 cm diameter of carnelian bead (10 1/16 x 1/8 in.) Diameter and length of rectangular bead: 0.9 x 2.6 cm (3/8 x 1 in.) Diameter and length of amulets: 0.6 x 1.1 cm (1/4 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, faience and lapis


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands