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Broad Collar

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.

MEDIUM Wood, gesso, glass
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 205-180 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 19 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. (49.8 x 36.9 cm) Other (Registers): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by November 1904, acquired by Maurice Nahman of Cairo, Egypt; November 1904, purchased from Maurice Nahman by Mr. Bing; between 1905 and 1926, provenance not yet documented; September 1926, purchased from an unidentified source by Brummer Galleries, New York, NY; 1933, purchased from Brummer Galleries by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Broad Collar, 205-180 B.C.E. Wood, gesso, glass, 19 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. (49.8 x 36.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.383. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.383_SL1.jpg)
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