Fragment of a wig

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, 19B chamber debris


Width x Depth x Length: 22 x 1.5 x 22 cm (8 11/16 x 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Human hair, leather

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



This large fragment of a wig is comprised of human hair woven and braided with leather thongs for fastening. Each lock is of two strands twisted together, the ends of which are then attached to a string.


From Deir el-Bersha, 19B chamber debris. May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–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