Skip to main content

Maat's Collar

K. Lee Manuel (American, 1936–2003)

K. Lee ManuelI is best known for her hand-painted clothing, including collars made from hundreds of individually painted feathers. Each feather was primed before the pattern was drawn and then painted.

The intricate designs on this collar reference the ancient Egyptian goddess Maat, who personified the principles of harmony, truth, and justice.

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.