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A large white cowrie: probably worn as a pendant. The shell is rather decayed on the surface and a small piece of one side is missing.
Length: 4.80 centimetres
Width: 2.70 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- The 'Cowrie' is identified by Petrie in W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Amulets’ (London, 1914), as 'Cypraea'.
Also form this burial: anklets (1912,1109.27 & 1912,1109.30), beads (1912,1109.31 & 1912,1109.32 & 1912,1109.33), necklace (1912,1109.29).
F. Ll. Griffith, 'Liverpool Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology 8 (Liverpool, 1921), 15.
For other exmaples of the use of cowries in Early Dynastic Nubia, see I. Hofmann, 'Die Kulturen des Niltals', 98-9, 120, with the references there given; also H. Åke-Nordstrom, ‘The Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudenese Nubia’: vols. 3:1 ‘Neolithic and A-group Sites’ (Stockholm, 1972), 125 and 3:2, pls.52 D, 196 (2).
- On display (G65/dc3)
- fair (incomplete)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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