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Crab claw
MFA# 2006.157


Tiger claw
MFA# 2009.336

A sharp, curved nail of an animal or crustacean. Claws are composed of keratin and have been used as ornaments and jewelry.

Resources and Citations

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Jack Odgen, Jewellery of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York City, 1982