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From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 517. 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, 3850–3650 B.C.


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Length x diameter: 72 x 1.2 cm (28 3/8 x 1/2 in.) (largest bead)

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Medium or Technique

Olivine, black steatite, and shell beads


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads