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Shells, bead

a) 7 Cowrie shells, b) 1 blue ball bead, c) 1 green barrel bead


From Semna 563. 1924:excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cowrie Shell, Faience


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads