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Beads from a beadnet dress, collar, wristlets and anklets

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu
2551–2528 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7440 Z


Overall (#1-4 boxes): 1.7 x 0.2 cm (11/16 x 1/16 in.) Overall (#5 box): 1.2 x 0.4 cm (1/2 x 3/16 in.) Overall (#6 & 9 box): 1.6 x 0.3 cm (5/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, gold

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



These multi-colored faience beads originally adorned the mummy of a woman. Two groups of beads (27-5-99 and 27-5-100 respectively) derived from a pair of wristlets and anklets. Others in the group may derive from a bead-net dress and broad collar (27.1548.1-2). The dress and collar have been reconstructed but the wristlets and anklets have not.
1. Longest white/green cylinder beads (probably from body of dress)
2. Ring beads in groups of three (blue with white in between) joins of bead-net.
3. Cylnider beads and reing beads with string within
4. Gold leaf fragmented from bracelets and/or necklace
5. Short dark blue cylnder beads
6. Multicolor small small cylnider beads – probably from bracelets and necklace
7. White cylinder beads from bead-net (i.e. unrestored back of dress)
8. Ring beads - blues and whites - for unrestored back kof dress
9. Small ring beads (perhaps from necklace and bracelets); tiny ring beads from anklets (Sue Chapman sample)
10. Shorter white cylinder beads; some broken beads
11. Long dark blue cylinder beads (bodice line - halter?) (approximately 300)
12. Highly colored cylinder beads – bracelets, anklets? Flower pendants for back of dress?
13. One large gold cylinder bead (L 1.2 cm); one small gold cylinder bead (L 0.8 cm)
14. Debris from inside coffin. Picked up with beads
15. Gold foil from broadcollar
16. Elements from a broadcollar (gold)


From Giza G 7440 Z. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition