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Fragment of a wig

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This large fragment of a wig is comprised of human hair woven and braided with leather thongs for fastening. Each lock is of two strands twisted together, the ends of which are then attached to a string.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, 19B chamber debris. May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 B.C.

Findspot

Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x Depth x Length: 22 x 1.5 x 22 cm (8 11/16 x 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.930

Medium or Technique

Human hair, leather

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Costumes