Wrist ornament

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11
2140–1991 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb N 453 B


Overall: 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.) Carnelian ring: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Bi-conical bead: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Ball bead: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Barrel : 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Bracelets and armlets

This string of sixty-seven beads includes fifty-five carnelian rings, two biconical beads, six amethyst ballbeads and four bartrel beads.They are in original order, from left wrist of the body. (See group 21.970-976; 21.978-985).


From Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb N 453 b. 1904: excavated by George Reisner for the Hearst Expedition of the University of California (which became the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1905).
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition