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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 111, The Hellenistic World
Gold Beads in the Shape of Cowrie Shells
Egypt (Place Created)
17 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm (6 11/16 × 9/16 × 9/16 in.)
This string of twelve gold beads in the form of cowrie shells linked by gold loops was probably part of a necklace. The hollow beads were made from two joined pieces of sheet gold with the distinctive lips of the shell carved into the surface. Cowrie shells come from the Indian Ocean and would have been known in
Pergamon and the Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (April 11 to July 17, 2016)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), April 11 to July 17, 2016
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), pp. 92-93.
Pfrommer, Michael. Könignnen Vom Nil (Mainz am Rhein: von Zabern, 2002), p. 108, abb. 93.
Lapatin, Kenneth. Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 75, 232, pl. 40.
Picon, Carlos, and Sean Hemmingway, eds. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), pp. 225-227, no. 159k, ill., entry by Mary Louise Hart.