Wig appliqué

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, SF 191


Other: 1.2 x 1.4 cm (1/2 x 9/16 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.


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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition