Egyptian Faience Necklace from the Amarna Period


A beautiful Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace from the Amarna period consisting of faience beads in hues of blue and carnelian beads. Turquoise and dark blue tubular beads alternate, the necklace is further enriched with 12 small flattened discs in pale red carnelian placed in between the central tubular beads. The necklace is finished with a gold plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1353-1336 BC
Period: Amarna Period 18th Dynasty
Condition: Fine Condition (Half Length 27cm)


SKU: SA-49 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.

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 8.2 g
Dimensions L 27 cm




Semi-Precious Stones

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