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Butterfly inlays from a silver bracelet

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Inlays, representing two butterflies and one round dot, of turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian, from the silver bracelets of Queen Hetepheres, made up from left-over pieces and mounted.


From Giza, tomb of Hetepheres (G 7000 X). 1926: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1947: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government. (Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Snefru to Khufu, 2575–2528 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height x width x length: 0.3 x 7 x 15.5 cm (mounted) (1/8 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets