Bundle of Hair Extensions
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These hair extensions would have been placed in a tomb for use in the afterlife. In this world Egyptians used extensions to make their wigs or natural hair thicker and more attractive, just as people do today. The reliefs in this case show hairdressers adding extensions like these to the hair or wig of Queen Neferu. The date for these extensions is based on carbon-14 analysis, a method by which scientists use radioactivity to determine an object’s age.
Human hair, linen
ca. 2114-1502 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 6 to early 18 Dynasty
Old Kingdom to early New Kingdom
Diam. 2 5/8 x 7 1/16 in. (6.6 x 18 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bundle of Hair Extensions, ca. 2114-1502 B.C.E. Human hair, linen, Diam. 2 5/8 x 7 1/16 in. (6.6 x 18 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2042.25Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 37.2042.25Ea-b_PS9.jpg)
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