Egyptian Faience Bead Necklace with Amulet


An ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in varying shapes and colours. The necklace consists of tubular turquoise beads, which alternate between red and white smaller flattened disc beads. At the centre of the piece is a turquoise, triangular faience amulet with a small loop at the tip. Most likely this amulet was used as part of a broad collar originally, as both ends feature a suspension loop. The necklace is finished with a silver clasp. Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine Condition, some beads have small chips


SKU: SM-09 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 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.

Fruit and floral elements in necklaces and amulets were highly prized in the late 18th Dynasty. They were worn for their visual appeal to demonstrate wealth but also because they were believed to protect wearers from evil spirits and natural dangers.

For more information on faience and the significance of amulets, please see our relevant blog posts: What is Egyptian Faience? and Amulet Symbolism 

Weight 6.1 g
Dimensions L 46.5 cm


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Reference: For similar cylindrical beads: The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 17.6.138

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