Comma or Kidney Shaped Bead (Magatama)
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Magatama are comma-shaped beads that were worn by the upper classes of ancient Japan, possibly for protective as well as decorative purposes. The inspiration for the shape is unclear: it might imitate an animal claw or tooth, or it might be a stylized representation of a fetus. Similar beads are found in the tombs of social elites in Korea, illustrating strong ties between the ancient peoples of the two regions.
400 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.
Yayoi or Kofun period
11/16 x 1 1/4 x 13/16 in. (1.8 x 3.2 x 2 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1909, Purchased with funds given by Thomas T. Barr, E. LeGrand Beers, Carll H. de Silver, Herman B. Stutzer, Colonel Robert B. Woodward and the Museum Collection Fund
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Comma or Kidney Shaped Bead (Magatama), 400 B.C.E. - 600 C.E. Stone, 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 13/16 in. (1.8 x 3.2 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1909, Purchased with funds given by Thomas T. Barr, E. LeGrand Beers, Carll H. de Silver, Herman B. Stutzer, Colonel Robert B. Woodward and the Museum Collection Fund, 09.898.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 09.898.4_09.898.1_09.898.2_PS4.jpg)
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