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String of pierced shells

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This string of pierced shells includes Mediterranean, Red Sea and land snail shells.


Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe (with 03.1685) for 4 shillings. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accessioned on: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I, 3850–3650 B.C.


Width x length: 2 x 15 cm (13/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mediterranean, Red Sea and land snail shells


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads