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Hematite weight in the form of a shell

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By date unnknown: collection of Lord Wydebourne-Smyth, Lincolnshire, UK; by 1977: collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. Tautenhahn, Houston, TX; by 1998: with Ronald and Noele Mele, Westport, CT; 1998: purchased by the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Mele. (Accession date: December 16, 1998)

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Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Old Babylonian, Old Babylonian, about 1800–1600 B.C.


3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


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