Mummy trappings: pectoral

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Length x width x depth: 28.2 x 13.1 x .2 cm (11 1/8 x 5 3/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded cartonnage

Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Part of a set of mummy trappings of cartonnage (plaster-soaked linen) consisting of a long, rectangular cartonnage apron, a pectoral (collar), and two sandal soles. Finely detailed, with much of the paint and gilding preserved.

The pectoral, a wesekh-collar of six strands, terminates with images of falcons on either side (one broken), with a djed-pillar couterweight (a component of an actual collar of this type) is depicted at center (the djed-pillar is a popular symbol, the hieroglyphic sign for “stability,” generally interpreted as the spinal column of the funerary god, Osiris).

For other elements of this set see also: 59.1071.2, 59.1071.3, 59.1071.4


By 1958: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; lent to the MFA by Horace L. Meyer, March 7, 1958; given to the MFA December 21, 1959.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer