Beaded belt

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

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


Overall: 86 cm (33 7/8 in.) Amulets: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.) Fancy cylinder: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.) Carnemian ball: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Carnelian: 0.5 cm (3/16 in. Carnelian: 0.4 x 0.3 cm (3/16 x 1/8 in.) Shell disc: 0.2 x 0.1 cm (1/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian, shell

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This girdle consists of five green faience amulets, one fancycylinder bead, twenty-nine carnelian ball barrel and ring beads, about 585 shell disc beads, strung on six strands of linen thread. Original order not recovered. From waist of body. (See group 21.970- 21.985).


From Egypt, Naga el-Deir 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