This decorative tin plate features a striking design based on a broad collar from an Ancient Egyptian tomb.
Probably the most characteristic form of Egyptian jewellery is the collar necklace, which was known as "wesekh" or "weskhet". It was composed of cylinders or tubes strung in horizontal layers around a central choker. The collar often had an outer row of leaf-shaped pendants, but sometimes the leaf beads were strung between two rows of horizontal beads.
The collar necklace was a favourite of the gods and the pharaohs. From the Eighteenth Dynasty they were given to officials, dignitaries and soldiers as a mark or honour. Although the collars were often made of gold, examples have been recovered that were made of other precious metals such as copper and silver, gemstones (most notably Feldspar, Carnelian, Jasper, Turquoise and Lapis), stone and faience.
The plate measures 26cm x 26cm.