Rosette disc



Diameter and length: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

The rosette design resembles petals with alternating sections of dark and light blue. The center is raised and the disc is pierced side-to-side.

[Alternate Text for 72.1625-1626, 1639, 1641-1642, 36.465, 36.491:]
Faience pendants and amulets were mass produced, as is shown by the many examples gathered here. The quartz paste and coloring matter was pressed into the ceramic mold, and then fired.


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