Bead

Egyptian


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4561

Medium or Technique

Glass and metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

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 loop shape and at the other end the two ends of the “cotter pin” are bent at right angles to hold the “cotter pin” in the boring hole.

Provenance

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