Wesekh broadcollar

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


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

Dimensions

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

13.3086

Medium or Technique

Gold, turquoise, and lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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