Ancient Egyptian Faience Beaded Necklace

£ 150.00

A beautiful Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of tubular beads alternating with clusters of small flattened disc-shaped faience beads. The small discs display a variety of colours including turquoise, pale green, cream, black and brown. The necklace is finished with a small gold-plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 664-525 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: From the private collection of Mr F. A., South Kensington, London, UK, acquired before 1979, thence by descent 2014
Condition: Very fine condition. Half length folded 24.5cm


SKU: SK-77 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 6.3 g
Dimensions L 50.5 cm


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