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Fragments of silver bracelet with butterfly inlays in turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian; roughly one-third preserved.


  • ID
  • Department
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Classification
    Jewelry & adornment-Bracelets, armlets, anklets
  • Findspot
    G 7000 X, Hetepheres I
  • Material
    Silver, lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian
  • Dimensions
    Diameter: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Snefru - reign of Khufu
  • Date of Register Entry
    2575–2528 B.C.
  • Notes
    This object was excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, but was not recorded in any object register book. 1926: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1947: gift of the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

Tombs and Monuments 1

Published Documents 9

Full Bibliography

  • Aldred, Cyril. Jewels of the Pharaohs: Egyptian Jewellery of the Dynastic Period. London: Thames and Hudson, 1971, p. 175, pl. 3.

    Andrews, Carol. Ancient Egyptian Jewellery. London: British Museum Publications, 1990, [to be completed].

    Dunham, Dows. The Egyptian Department and its Excavations. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1958, pp. 58-59, fig. 37.

    Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (France), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York N.Y.), and Royal Ontario Museum. L'Art Egyptien au temps des Pyramides: Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais 6 Avril-12 Juillet 1999, New-York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 16 Septembre 1999-9 Janvier 2000, Toronto, Musée Royal de L'Ontario 13 Février-22 Mai 2000. Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 1999, pp. 180-181, cat. 29.

    Manuelian, Peter Der. "Excavating the Old Kingdom. The Giza Necropolis and Other Mastaba Fields." In Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999, p. 148.

    No author. The Tomb of Queen Hetep-heres. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, no date, pp. 8-9.

    Reisner, George A. "Hetep-Heres, Mother of Cheops." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 25, supplement (May 1927), pp. 21, 26.

    Reisner, George A. "The Household Furniture of Queen Hetep-heres I." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 27, No. 164 (December 1929), pp. 85-87, figs. 5-7.

    Reisner, George A., and William Stevenson Smith. The Tomb of Hetep-Heres the Mother of Cheops: a Study of Egyptian Civilization in the Old Kingdom. A History of the Giza Necropolis 2. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1955, p. 44.

    Schäfer, Heinrich, and Walter Andrae. Propyläen-Kunstgeschichte 2: Die Kunst des Alten Orients. 6. - 10. Tsd. ed. Berlin: Propyläen-Verlag, 1925, pl. 390b.

    Smith, William Stevenson. "The Tomb of Hetep-heres I" Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 51, No. 284 (June 1953), p. 27, fig. 6.

    Smith, William Stevenson. Country Life in Ancient Egypt. Museum of Fine Arts Picture Book 2. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1954, p. 15, fig. 20 (incorrectly labeled 47.1699).

    Smith, William Stevenson. Ancient Egypt as Represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1960 (6th ed.), p. 69, fig. 41.

    Smith, William Stevenson. "The Old Kingdom in Egypt," The Cambridge Ancient History, rev. ed. of vols. I & II, Cambridge University Press, 1962, p. 26.