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String of cowrie-shaped beads

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This object consists of twenty-eight faience beads shaped like cowrie shells. They are strung in three sections and some preserve traces of color.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, communal burial in room J2 (= sloping corridor 28), between pillar 6 and wall. 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, 30 B.C.–364 A.D.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 37.4 cm length of strings x 0.9 cm bead diameter (14 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1051

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads