Ancient Egyptian Faience and Jasper Necklace

£ 1,100.00

A fine, ancient Egyptian restrung necklace composed of blue faience and red jasper beads.The necklace initially consists of long, tubular turquoise faience beads, interspersed with small, discoid, brown faience beads. The necklace then diverges into a double stranded formation, featuring ridged turquoise faience beads, joined into small sections by a double-pierced bead. Three red circular jasper beads appear at regular intermissions. The necklace has been finished with a modern gold-plated clasp.

Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Very fine condition

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Faience is a glazed ceramic known for producing bright colours, commonly found as blues, turquoises, and greens. It is produced from quartz or sand crystals mixed with additional compounds, finished with a vitreous alkaline glaze to the surface. Egyptians believed that the faience represent rebirth and immortality given their glimmering qualities under the light. The Predynastic period saw production of only green and blue faience, however from the Old Kingdom and onwards alternative colours such as black, yellow,  and red were added to the palette. The colours served different symbolism, for instance, blue was thought to reflect fertility and life. Despite being manufactured as amulets and jewellery, faience was found in the production of scarabs, furniture and cups.

To find out more about Egyptian faience please see our relevant blog post: What is Egyptian Faience?


Weight 8.6 g
Dimensions L 48.7 cm




Semi-Precious Stones

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