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note #5

One of my early designs was based on Egyptian faience collars made for funerary use. Because the funerary collars were not meant for everyday wear, the necklines were not complete circles. The "half collar" design was also used for Egyptian floral collars (see Wadibijou mini-blogs #2 & #3 for information on floral collars), possibly because of the disposable nature of the materials. This design can also be seen in ethnic jewelry from Polynesia and Siberia, such as Tahitian and Marquesasian "gorgets" and Turkoman breast ornaments, the latter still worn by women for special occasions in the Republic of Khakassia (Russia). Note that the Turkoman ornaments are worn low on the chest, more like a pendant or pectoral (a rather large one) than a collar.

Although these collars were popular (one customer told me he felt like Darth Vader when he wore his all black version), they were a short-lived style in my repertoire. I felt that the heavy glass beads and unequal weight distribution made them uncomfortable to wear.


1) Half Collar (Olive Green & Amethyst) modeled by Kim Ameen.
2) Half Collar (Ivory & Saffron) now in private collection.
3) Blue faience collar (image copied from: Egypt's Golden Age, A Picture Book, Rita Freed, 1982, p. 46, figure 85).
4) Half Collar (Yellow & Red) now in private collection.
5) Faience collar attached to mummy shroud (image copied from: Egyptomania May16 Facebook post).
6) Remains of floral collar worn at funerary banquet of Tutankhamen (image copied from: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/09.184.214-.216)
7) Floral collars distributed to banquet guests (glyphs read: giving a garland) from a wall painting in the tomb of Rekhmire TT100 (image copied from: The Tomb of Rekh-Mi-Re at Thebes, Norman de Garis Davies, 1943, plate LXIV).
8) Tahitian gorget made of feathers, shark teeth, and dog hair on a sennit base, in the collection of the British Museum, London (image copied from: The Art of Tahiti, Terence Barrow, 1979, p. 36, figure 40).
9) Tahitian gorget; illustration from the journal of Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman for Joseph Banks, botanist on the first voyage of Captain James Cook (image copied from "Artificial Curiosities", Adrienne Kaeppler, 1978, p. 125, figure 214).
10) Khakassian breast ornament; Republic of Khakassia (Russia) south-central Siberia (image copied from: postcard from "Nomads: Masters of the Eurasian Steppe" exhibition, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, 1989).
11) Khakassian breast ornament (image copied from: http://local-moda.blogspot.com/2012/10/pogo-marriage-adornment-of-khakassian.html).
12) Half Collar (Fava) now in private collection.


HalfCoco HalfSource HalfCoco2
Mummy TutCollar RehkmirePlate
PolynesiaGorget1 PolynesiaGorget2 BreastOrnament BreastOrnament2