Egyptian Necklace with Blue Faience Beads

£ 175.00

A beautiful Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in different shapes and colours. Pale blue and turquoise tubular beads alternate with small flattened discs in white faience. The necklace is finished with a small silver plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1550 - 664 BC
Period: New Kingdom - Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: From the 'Mendry' collection of Egyptian amulets bought by the deceased gentleman whilst serving with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) in Egypt during World War I.
Condition: Very fine condition. Necklace has been re-strung for modern wear.


SKU: AH-1056 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 4.34 g
Dimensions L 58 cm


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

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