Wesekh Collar meaning

The Wesekh is a type of broad collar or necklace, familiar to many because of its presence in images of the ancient Egyptian elite. Deities, women, and men were depicted wearing this jewelry. One example can be seen on the famous gold mask of Tutankhamun.The usekh broad collar was wrapped around and supported by the neck and shoulders. It is typically adorned with closely placed rows of colored stone beads, or it is made entirely of metal. 


The collars were connected with clasps of gold. Usekh or Wesekh is The ancient word wsẖ can mean "breadth" or "width" in the Ancient Egyptian language and so this adornment is often referred to as the broad collar. Over time across Ancient Egyptian history we witness profound changes to the broad collar. This could be attributed to a shifting mythological perspectives or perhaps due to geographical movement across Egypt.

Wesekh Collar

Wesekh Collar Made of Colored Faience

This openwork collar was discovered at Tell el-Amarna near the royal palace. It was probably worn by one of the royal princesses or one of the two queens. It consists of seven rows made of faience separated by horizontal strings of small beads. 


These rows have different shapes of lotus petals, the first four rows have a round shape while the other three rows have a cylindrical shape.  The rows are painted in bright colors; yellow, blue, red, green, white and violet. The collar ends by two lotus flower painted in yellow, white, blue and green.

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