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 gimmers 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.
Egyptian Faience Necklace with Male Figure Amulet
A beautiful Egyptian faience necklace featuring turquoise cylindrical beads alternating with smaller, flattened circular black beads. The necklace is further enriched with a central turquoise amulet in the form of a male figure with both arms by his side. The reverse of the amulet is unadorned. The cylindrical and small faience beads come from a collection of beads discovered by Flinders Petrie at Gurob.
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Condition: Fine 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 23.2cm in length.