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This is a group of three strung pendants including one long spiral shell, one alabaster heart pendant, one tear shaped stone pendant, and one ring bead.


From Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 656. 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, 3850–2960 B.C.


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Length: 4.1 cm x 1.5 cm x 2.6 cm (1 5/8 in x 9/16 in x 1 in) (each of the three pendants)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shell, alabaster, stone


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants