Butterfly inlays from a silver bracelet

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Snefru to Khufu
2575–2528 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Hetepheres (G 7000 X)

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 0.3 x 7 x 15.5 cm (mounted) (1/8 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

47.1701

Medium or Technique

Turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Inlays, representing two butterflies and one round dot, of turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian, from the silver bracelets of Queen Hetepheres, made up from left-over pieces and mounted.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb of Hetepheres (G 7000 X). 1926: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1947: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition