Cowrie shells

Nubian
Meroitic Period
110–10 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg., W 165; Object Place: Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

0.5 x 1.2 x 1.65 cm (3/16 x 1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

23-1-10c

Medium or Technique

Shell

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

Twenty-three cowrie shells with backs broken, two sizes

Provenance

From Meroe, W 165. January, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition