Cartonnage in the Shape of a Broad Collar
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
In Egyptian belief, rebirth required physical conception in the tomb. The ancient Egyptians recognized that magic was essential for the dead to conceive themselves for the next world.
These amulets and the broad collar with the gods Osiris, Isis, and her sister Nephthys encouraged male fertility and thus the creation of a fetus according to the Egyptians’ understanding of biology. The figurines were sometimes worn in this life, while the cartonnage broad collar adorned a mummy and for Egyptians ensured impregnation through reference to the story of Osiris and Isis’s conception of their son. Hathor, represented in the gold plaque here, was the goddess of physical love. She sometimes substituted for Isis in narratives of conception and birth.
Linen, gesso applique
ca. 1st century B.C.E.
late Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
11 15/16 × 9 1/4 in. (30.4 × 23.5 cm)
Matted dimensions: 12 7/16 × 10 in. (31.6 × 25.4 cm) (show scale)
Brooklyn Museum Collection
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Cartonnage in the Shape of a Broad Collar, ca. 1st century B.C.E. Linen, gesso applique, 11 15/16 × 9 1/4 in. (30.4 × 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X744.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X744.1_PS4.jpg)
overall, X744.1_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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