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Shell amulet

Egyptian


Dimensions

Overall: 1 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm (3/8 x 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.847

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This shell amulet is in the form of a ‘cardium edule’ shell. The back is flat and plain. There is a loop at the top for suspension. Translucent carnelian.

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