Wesekh broadcollar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Neferkara Pepy II
2246–2152 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Impy, G 2381 A


Height x width x depth: 17.4 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm (6 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, turquoise, and lapis lazuli

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Consisting of six double rows of truncated, cylindrical, glazed-steatite beads, separated by single rows of gold ball beads; bottom row consists of gilded beetles. Each end is finished with a semicircular gold terminal inscribed for Impy, identified as HAtj-a jmj-r kAt, “count, overseer of works.” More than half of this necklace was found intact and the remainder has been restored accordingly.


From Giza G 2381 A (tomb of Impy). 1912: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition