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This necklace of one thousand and one beads is composed of eight large carnelian ring beads, nine hundred and twenty-five very small faience ring beads, one small carnelian ring bead, and sixty-seven jasper (?) ring beads.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 557 [M/557]. 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.

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 204 cm total length of necklace x 0.2 cm diameter of faience beads x 0.8 cm diameter of large carnelian beads(80 5/16 x 1/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3741

Medium or Technique

Carnelian and faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands