About this object

Threaded cylinder beads of cylindrical shape made from ten ivory and fifty-eight black steatite. Fourteen smaller round beads of black steatite that were found "all up the legs". Modern restringing of the beads. Excavated in Petrie's Predynastic cemetery U near the modern village of Hiw (How/Hu), grave number U354 which was recorded by Mr MacIver and which Petrie described as containing "six flint bracelets on the left arm; necklace of tubular black steatite and ivory; many minute black beads all up the legs." and dated the burial to Sequence Date 70 - 80.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region
  • Date made
    3500 - 3100 BC
  • Materials
    Ivory; Steatite
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region
  • Date collected
    1898 - 1899
  • Measurements
    49 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Diospolis Parva. The Cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu 1898-9

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund.


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Hiw-Semaina region, 1898 - 1899

    Start date: 1898
    End date: 1898
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1898-9 excavations and received 165 finds that were accessioned on 25 September 1899, accession series About 65 pottery jars and bowls were destroyed in World War Two. Sketches and descriptions, including tomb numbers, were made by Professor Eric Peet.


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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