Wrist ornament

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

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb N 453 B left wrist of body


Overall: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.) Double triangle: 0.6 x 1.6 cm (1/4 x 5/8 in.) Cowrie bead: 1.1 x 1.9 cm (7/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Bracelets and armlets

This wrist ornament is comprised of twenty-nine beads, including one carnelian barrel bead, two carnelian ball beads, six carnelian ring beads, seven faience cylinder beads, five unidentifiable glass amulets, two fancy cylinder beads(one flattened), one stone ring bead, one faience barrel bead, one flattened double ring bead, one faience cowrie bead, one wedjat amulet bead, one double triangle bored through the middle. The object is from left wrist of the body. Original order (?). (See group 21.970-977; 21.979-985).


From Egypt, Naga el-Deir, N 453 B left wrist of body. 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