Floral collar from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Tutankhamun
- ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Embalming cache of Tutankhamun (KV 54), Davis/Ayrton excavations, 1907
- Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, nightshade berries, celery (?), faience, linen dyed red
- Diam. 47 cm (18 1/2 in.); W. 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); Diam. of disk beads 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
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This remarkably well preserved floral collar illustrates how the broad collars so frequently depicted in Egyptian tomb paintings were made. Alternating rows of flower petals and blossoms, leaves, berries, and blue faience beads were sewn to a papyrus backing, and linen ties secured the collar around the wearer's neck. Some of the flora used in the Tutankhamun collars (09.184.214) have been identified as olive leaves, cornflowers, and poppies. Several collars in the cache were bound around the edge with red cloth (09.184.215), and the resulting combination of red, blue, black, and green must have been very colorful and similar to the polychrome decoration on some of the pottery jars in the same deposit (09.184.90).