Bead made from meteoric iron

Iron bead from Egypt in the 3rd century BC. Presumably made from meteoric iron as it was made before humans had mastered iron smelting. This is one of the oldest piece of worked iron in the world, and along with two other similar beads, would have formed a bracelet.
Collection holder:
UCL Art Museum
Collection description:
Bead; iron; filled in by rust; barrel shaped; from string at neck of skeleton. Presumably meteoric iron with unusually low nickel content, allowing beating to sheet and curving. From Gerzeh tomb 67.
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