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This ball bead has a blue green ground decorated with seven discs rimmed with white. On each disc are seven spots of blue bordered by white and brown. These spots are slightly raised. The bead has a "cotter pin" running through a boring hole. At one end of the boring hole, the "cotter pin" is a...

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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: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass and metal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads