| Egyptian Journal of Archeological and Restoration Studies

EJARS (Established 2011)

Volume 13 ,issue 1 | Winter and Spring 2023 | Pages : 97-112


Document Type: Original Article

DOI: 10.21608/ejars.2023.305190

pages: 97-112

El-Aboudy, O.
Egyptology dept., Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo Univ., Giza, Egypt

This paper studies the animal neckband ornaments during the old kingdom through tomb scenes. The goal is to determine their types, define the cattle species wearing these neckbands and finally det-ermine the occasion during which they were worn. The available evidence suggests that cattle neckbands were widely used throughout the old kingdom, there are five distinct types found in tomb scenes of officials during this period. The majority of animal neckbands were most likely worn for aesthetic purposes, rather than for any religious purpose. All animal neckbands are comprised of a collar, then another main part which hangs down and is differentiated between the five types. The author investigates the expansion of these types in many tombs of Giza, Saqqara, Mier, El Hawawish and Qubbet el Hawa. The main goal is to examine this phenomenon in the daily life context without dealing with religious context. The analytical study has suggested that neckband ornaments may be used to indicate the high value of the animal possessed, and it might be a remarkable sign of a good offering to the owner.

Neckband ornaments Old Kingdom Tombs Cattle Daily-life scenes Offering

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