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Seed necklace

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What: Seed necklace with Venetian beads 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 of brown seeds, eight large Venetian polychrome beads, two blue faceted beads, one amber bead, a carved mother of pearl bead and a small moulded black bead strung onto blue cotton cord.”

Museum number: Af1868,1001.30
Date: 19thC
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Richard Rivington Holmes
Acquisition date: 1/10/1868

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