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Bead in the shape of a stylized cowrie shell

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Flat elliptical shape, clear carnelian; top grooved.

Provenance

From Mesheikh. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Old Kingdom or First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 6–10, 2323–2040 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Mesheikh, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x length: 1.1 x 2.2 cm (7/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

12.1273

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads