Usekh collar

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Bust of Nefertiti wearing an Usekh

The Usekh is a personal ornament, a type of collar or necklace, familiar to many because of its presence in widely disseminated depictions of ancient Egyptian nobility, such as Tutankhamun, where an example can be seen on the famous gold mask.

A collar is usually attached to a garment, whereas the usekh is a wide collar-shaped piece of jewellery draped around and supported by the neck and shoulders and without holes which would expose the skin underneath. It is almost a piece of clothing in its own right.

Usekh often contained precious stones and amulets, and were connected with clasps of gold.[1]

Broad Collar, ca. 1336-1327 B.C.E. As early as the Old Kingdom (circa 2670–2195 B.C.), Egyptian artisans fashioned images of gods, kings, and mortals wearing broad collars made of molded tubular and teardrop beads. These beaded collars may have been derived from floral prototypes. Brooklyn Museum


  1. ^ "Usekh Collar". Retrieved 2009-03-28. 

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