Butterfly inlays from a silver bracelet

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

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


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


Medium or Technique

Turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian

On View

Egypt: Old Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 108)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


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.


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