The Prince and the Plunder

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Bead necklace with bell

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What: A blue bead necklace with bell taken by the British Museum’s expert on the expedition, Richard Rivington Holmes

Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

Provenance: Maqdala referenced at length in the museum’s acquisition notes.

The catalogue entry reads: “Necklace made of faceted, mid blue, glass beads threaded onto a leather thong. Attached to the thong with elaborate leather knotwork is a cast, brass bell. At the top of the necklace, stitched to the thong with paler leather, is coil of leather.

Museum number: Af1868,1001.29
Date: 19thC
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Richard Rivington Holmes
Acquisition date: 1868

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