Egyptian Faience and Jasper Necklace

$339.64

An Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in different shapes and colours. Turquoise tubular beads alternate with different coloured small, flattened discs in black, white, blue, yellow and red faience. Half way down, the necklace parts into two strongs of beads creating five loops increasing in size towards the centre. The largest loop is further enriched with a circular jasper bead. The necklace is finished with a small silver-plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 900 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Condition: Excellent condition, half length folded 27.5cm

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SKU: LD-486 Category:

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.

Jasper has been revered by ancient peoples and civilisations throughout the world as sacred and powerful stones of protection, for both the physical and spiritual realm. In Ancient Egypt red jasper was linked to fertility as it was named the fertilising blood of Mother Isis; legend states it was used to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. Many amulets made from jasper were found in Egypt with inscriptions to protect the wearer from death.

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

Weight 8.5 g
Dimensions L 51 cm
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Faience

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