A fine ancient Egyptian faience necklace composed of tubular turquoise beads enriched with a central dark blue/brown grape amulet. The necklace is further decorated with five small, flat disc shaped beads either side of the amulet alternating with the tubular beads. The tubular and small faience beads come from a collection of beads discovered by Flinders Petrie at Gurob.
Date: Circa 1069-744 BC Period: Third Intermediate Period Condition: Excellent condition. The necklace has been finished with a small gold, plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied). When folded the necklace measures 23.5cm in length.
Grapes were presumed to have been associated with royalty along with other fruits. Paintings of grapes and wine decorate many thrones and New Kingdom tombs. Offerings of wine have been found in royal burial chambers such as Tutankhamun. The process of wine making began with the collection of ripe grapes into large rush baskets which were placed on the shoulders or heads of the pickers. Once collected, the grapes were poured into vats, some large enough to fit six men, and crushed. Sometimes a second pressing stage was included to separate the juice from the seeds and stems. The grapes were poured into large sacks and the juice was drained. The final product would be transferred into terracotta vessels and left to ferment.
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