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Beads

This is a group of five shells, one which is a large unpierced cowrie, broken in one small area, and the other four which are smaller univalve shells.

Provenance

From Egypt, Nag el Hai (Qena), tomb K 2114.1913: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian,

Findspot

Nag el Hai (Qena), Egypt

Dimensions

Overall cowrie: 1.8 x 3.1 cm (11/16 x 1 1/4 in.) Other univalve: 1.2 x 1.4 cm (1/2 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5144

Medium or Technique

Shell

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads