Egyptian Faience Necklace

$221.77

An ancient Egyptian necklace dating from the Middle kingdom featuring cylindrical beads in different sizes and shades, including mostly black faience and two in dark turquoise faience. This necklace has been restrung and finished with a modern silver-plated clasp.

Date: Circa 2055-1650 BC
Period: Middle Kingdom
Condition: Fine condition. When folded the necklace measures 23.5cm in length.

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SKU: WF-28 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 7.9 g
Dimensions L 48 cm
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