Broad collars were the most frequently worn pieces of jewelry among the royalty and elite in ancient Egypt. Several large, beautifully crafted broad collars in the Museum’s collection were certainly gifts from the great king Thutmose III to his wives. One of these gold collars (Dynasty 18, ca. 1504–1450 B.C.) is made of palmettes and nefer hieroglyphs. The “nefer” signifies the word meaning “good” or “beautiful,” so perhaps this necklace was meant to bring good wishes to the wearer. This splendid broad collar is the source for the design of our dramatic top.
Available in small, medium, large, and x- large. Cotton blend. Classic fit. Three-quarter sleeves. Imported. Machine washable.
Small (4– 6)
- Available in small, medium, large, and x-large
- Classic Fit
- Three-quarter Sleeves
- Machine washable
- Cotton blend
Art HistoryReliefs and paintings on tomb walls, and painted depictions of jewelry on mummy portraits and mummy cases, provide evidence of how jewelry was made and worn in ancient Egypt. Pendants, necklaces, earrings, diadems, armlets, bracelets, anklets, and hair ornaments not only beautified the wearer, but often served as amulets, protecting the owner from harm. Finely worked pieces of jewelry were commonly included in the tombs of the royal family and high-ranking officials.