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The glaze on this very large ball bead is worn and there is a chip on the side of the bead. The boring is large and has a chip on one end. The surface has a slight brown incrustation.


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: 2.5 x 3.2 cm (1 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads