Egyptian Necklace with Faience Fruit Amulet

$502.14

An elegant Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of turquoise faience beads. Different hues of blue tubular beads alternate with smaller flattened discs in a similar colour with a triangle faience amulet at the centre. The amulet sits at the centre of the necklace and features a suspension loop at the top and bottom. Most likely this amulet was used as part of a broad collar originally, as both ends feature a suspension loop.  This necklace is finished with a silver clasp. (Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: For similar cylindrical beads: The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 17.6.138
Condition: Fine condition, some encrustation to some of the beads.

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SKU: SM-03 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 was believed by the Egyptians to represent rebirth and immortality and is thought to glimmer with the brilliance of eternity. During the predynastic period only green and blue faience occurred, however from the Old Kingdom onward, other colours such as black, yellow and red were added to the palette. Amulets hold different meanings that are considered to bestow power and protection on the wearer, as well as reflect fertility and life.

For more information on faience and the significance of amulets, please see our relevant blog posts: What is Egyptian Faience? and Amulet Symbolism 

Weight 5.9 g
Dimensions L 46 cm
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