Beadnet dress

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2342 D (now G 5520 D)


Overall: 114.3 x 73.7cm (45 x 29in.) Overall: 116.8 x 31.8 x 17.8 cm (46 x 12 1/2 x 7 in.) Block (fabric figure form with clip and cleat): 122.6 x 18.4 cm (48 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



This beadnet dress is constructed of faience cylinder beads (field number 33-3-34) and 27 faience floral pendants (field number 33-3-35a), reconstructed by Sheila Shear in 2001.


From Giza, tomb G 2342 D (now G 5520 D); 1933: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 9, 2001)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition