Model collar of Hapiankhtifi

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112

Elaborate broad collars were worn by the Egyptian elite for a variety of festival and religious occasions. These could be floral, made from actual plant material (see 09.184.214), or crafted from individual elements of faience, metal, or semi-precious stone (see 08.200.30). This model collar of wood, gilded and engraved with representations of small beads in rows, echoing an actual example, was found on the chest of Hapiankhtifi's mummy. A string would have been passed through the holes in the two ends and tied around the mummy's neck. Unlike a real collar, this is inflexible, emphasizing its character as a funerary model.

Model collar of Hapiankhtifi, Wood, gold leaf, gesso, textile

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