Falcon-headed broad collar terminal

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11–early Dynasty 12
2040–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, mastaba 2001, shaft A debris


Height x width x thickness: 7 x 7.4 x 1.2 cm (2 3/4 x 2 15/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Made of blue/green glazed steatite, this head of a hawk is executed in fine low relief. It once formed the terminal of a broad collar, and there are six holes in the bottom for stringing multiple strands. Part of a line of inscription remains around neck. There are chips missing from the beak and throat.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, mastaba 2001, shaft A debris. 1915: 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 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition