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, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, Picris flowers, nightshade berries, faience, linen
- Diam. 40 cm (15 3/4 in.); D.. 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); Diam. of faience disk beads 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
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This remarkably preserved floral collar, from the embalming cache of Tutankhamun, was probably worn at a funerary banquet. 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 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 terracotta vessels in same deposit (09.184.83).