Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11
2140–1991 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb N 453 b


Overall: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.) Carnelian rings: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Amethyst lenticular bead: 1.3 x 1.3 cm (1/2 x 1/2 in.) Carnelian lenticular bead: 1.9 x 2.2 cm (3/4 x 7/8 in.) Green stone lenticular bead: 1.7 x 2 cm (11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian, green stone

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This armlet consists of fifty-five beads: thirty-seven carnelian ring beads,eight amethyst barrel beads, five amethyst ball beads, one amethyst lenticular bead, two carnelian lenticular beads and two dark green stone lenticular beads. The beads are from the left elbow of the body and are in the original order. (See group 21.970-974; 976-985)


From Egypt, Naga el-Deir, tomb N 453 b. 1904: excavated by George Reisner for the Hearst Expedition of the University of California (which became the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1905).
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition