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 was believed by the Egyptians to represent rebirth and immortality and is thought to glimmer with the brilliance of eternity. During the predynastic period only green and blue faience occurred, however from the Old Kingdom onward, other colours such as black, yellow and red were added to the palette. Amulets hold different meanings and are considered to bestow power and protection on the wearer. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain was the source of human wisdom, as well as emotions, memory and personality.
Egyptian Faience Bead Amuletic Necklace
A beautiful ancient Egyptian restrung necklace, consisting of faience beads in varying shapes and colours. The tubular turquoise beads alternate with red and white smaller, flattened disc beads. At the centre of the necklace is a faeience amulet, coloured red and yellow, possibly representing a petal. The necklace is finished with a silver clasp. Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied.
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Very fine condition - necklace has been restrung.