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Votive Pectoral of Ptolemy V

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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, plaster, and 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
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    CAPTION Votive Pectoral of Ptolemy V, 205-180 B.C.E. Wood, plaster, and 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
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