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Ball bead (?)

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This large, hollow, ball bead (?) is decorated with four vertical, purple/black bands painted on a blue ground. The borders of the bands are incised. The bead (?) has a small piece broken out at one end and no hole at the other end.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way



Overall: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads