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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.


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.


Giza, Egypt


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads