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This large ball bead is decorated with four vertical, purple/black bands painted on a bright blue ground. It is pierced for stringing. The incrusted surface is broken in several areas. There are items inside, possibly beads, which make a rattling noise. This bead is similiar to 72.1969 and 72.2972.


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: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.) Overall: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads