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  • Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, Picris flowers, nightshade berries, faience, linen; Diam. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm), D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), Diam. of faience disk beads 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.214)


    Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, cornflowers, linen; Diam. 17 5/16 in. (44 cm), D. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.215)


    Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, nightshade berries, celery (?), faience, linen dyed red; Diam. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm), D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), Diam. of disk beads 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.216)

    These remarkably well preserved floral collars, from the embalming cache of Tutankhamun, 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 have been identified as olive leaves, cornflowers, and poppies. Several collars in the cache were bound around the edge with red cloth, 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 the same deposit (09.184.83).

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  • Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, Picris flowers, nightshade berries, faience, linen; Diam. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm), D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), Diam. of faience disk beads 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.214)


    Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, cornflowers, linen; Diam. 17 5/16 in. (44 cm), D. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.215)


    Floral collar from Tutankhamun's embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, embalming cache of Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 54), Valley of the Kings, Davis/Ayrton 1907
    Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, nightshade berries, celery (?), faience, linen dyed red; Diam. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm), D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), Diam. of disk beads 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
    Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909 (09.184.216)


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