Egyptian Faience Scarab Bracelet


A fine ancient Egyptian restrung bracelet comprised of little faience disc beads. A large winged scarab sits at the centre of the bracelet adorning the piece. Royal blue beads are arranged to form the body and wings. Turquoise beads outline the body along with the elytra, prothorax and cream faience eyes. Further turquoise beads, in different hues, branch off of the wings and form the rest of the bracelet. The piece is finished with a modern silver clasp (please be aware the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Dynastic Period
Condition: Very fine condition


SKU: LD-692 Category: Tag:

Faience is a glazed ceramic known for producing bright colours, especially blues, turquoises and greens. It is produced from quartz or sand crystals mixed with other compounds, finished with a vitreous alkaline glaze to the surface. Faience glimmers in the light and was believed by the Egyptians to represent rebirth and immortality. During the Predynastic period only green and blue faience occurred, however from the Old Kingdom and onwards alternative colours such as black, yellow and red were added to the palette. The colours had different symbolisms for example, blue was thought to reflect fertility and life. Faience was manufactured into amulets and jewellery, the substance was used to create scarabs, furniture and cups.

To find out more about the use of faience in Ancient Egyptian culture please see our other relevant blog post: What is Egyptian Faience?

Weight 5.9 g
Dimensions L 21.5 cm


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