A beautiful Egyptian restrung necklace, composed of carnelian beads in various shades of red and orange. The colour differentiation showcases the natural beauty and versatility of the precious stone. Closer to the middle, the necklace is further enriched by 7 larger carnelian beads in the shape of poppies, which fan out attractively. The necklace terminates in a modern silver clasp.
Length of the necklace when folded in half: c. 22.5cm
Date: 1550 - 1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine condition, beads showing differentiation. Restrung with modern silver clasp.
Poppy or thistle amulets were representative of healing and the removal of pain. Thistles were common all over Egypt, but especially around the Nile. It is thought that they were peeled and boiled before consumption, with the thistle used in some parts of the world as a herbal treatment for hepatic disorders. If, on the other hand, the amulet is intended to represent a poppy, the piece retains symbolic significance. Indeed, there is evidence for the extraction of morphine from poppies in the ancient world.
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