String of cowrie-shaped beads

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J2

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

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

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