Ancient Egyptian Polychromatic Faience Beaded Necklace

£ 195.00

An Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in different shapes and colours. Tubular beads, displaying largely uniformed shade of turquoise, alternate with different coloured small, flattened discs in black, green, yellow, white and red faience. The necklace is finished with a small silver-plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

This is a general lot and more than 1 item is available for purchase. Length supplied may vary slightly by a few millimetres. Individual selection is not available.


Date: Circa 900 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Condition: Excellent condition. Half-length folded circa 23-23.5cm

In stock

SKU: GW-20 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 4.3 g
Dimensions L 46.8 cm


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