Reassembled beadnet dress, 2551-2528 BC Egypt, MFA Boston    This was found in a tomb with the scant remains of its owner, an unknown woman.  The threads keeping it together had turned to dust long ago but the beads were still in their original arrangement.

Reassembled beadnet dress, 2551-2528 BC Egypt, MFA Boston This was found in a tomb with the scant remains of its owner, an unknown woman. The threads keeping it together had turned to dust long ago but the beads were still in their original arrangement.

Wig from one of Tuthmoses minor wifes grave. Upper class people shaved their heads because of the heat. In public, they wore wigs. Under the wigs were cones of scent, which melted and made the wearer smell good instead of sweaty.

Wig from one of Tuthmoses minor wifes grave. Upper class people shaved their heads because of the heat. In public, they wore wigs. Under the wigs were cones of scent, which melted and made the wearer smell good instead of sweaty.

Detail, bead-net dress and broad collar whose remains were found during excavations of the tomb of a female interred at Giza during the reign of King Khufu, ca. 2500 BCE. Both pieces were reconstructed by Millicent Jick (1928-2010), a volunteer gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  The cylinder and disk beads are Egyptian faience. The pendants on the broad collar are made of gold. Image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Detail, bead-net dress and broad collar whose remains were found during excavations of the tomb of a female interred at Giza during the reign of King Khufu, ca. 2500 BCE. Both pieces were reconstructed by Millicent Jick (1928-2010), a volunteer gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The cylinder and disk beads are Egyptian faience. The pendants on the broad collar are made of gold. Image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Egyptian Sheet gold finger and toe coverings, plus sandals, from the tomb of  three minor wives of Thutmose III at Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, circa  1479-1425 B.C. On display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Egyptian Sheet gold finger and toe coverings, plus sandals, from the tomb of three minor wives of Thutmose III at Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, circa 1479-1425 B.C. On display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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