Three large spherical beads

Predynastic, Late Naqada l–Naqada II

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101

These three clay beads were found with the burial of a child, along with a number of luxury and prestige items (see 09.182.1-.8). Clearly the child was born into a wealthy and powerful family, and acquired his or her status through birth.Although the beads are of clay, they were painted red in imitation of carnelian, a more valuable material.

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