Wig appliqué

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 191


Other: 1.4 x 1.8 x 0.5 cm (9/16 x 11/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

This is one of nineteen oval black faience discs with flat bottom and convex top, many with a glassy glaze. The top has deep parallel ridges and there is a small circular drilled out indentation in the center of the flat base, possibly for attaching with peg or adhesive (see 13.3880-13.3898.) This is a wig appliqué for a coffin. The striped pattern on top is meant to imitate hair. See the coffin of Hapy surnamed Ankhtyfty from Meir at the MMA New York.


From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 191. 1913: 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.

Findspot Information: From Sheikh Farag. S.F.191

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition