Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian collars provided protection as well as decoration. Worn by the deceased in the tomb, they were also used in life to safeguard sacred objects.
The decoration and shape of this collar are typical of a beb-collar, one that hung from the prow of a sacred boat, protecting both it and the image of the god carried within. Successful defense of the god against the forces of evil helped ensure the continuation of the
original world order.
Wood, gesso, glass
19 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. (49.8 x 36.9 cm)
Other (Registers): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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