An extremely beautiful restrung Egyptian necklace with coloured faience beads. The beads take the form of flat round discs, with pairs of conspicuous yellow and red beads dividing groups of turquoise and blue beads. These are testament to the pristine beauty of this ancient piece. The beads have been restrung on modern wire, ready for the addition of a suitable fastener.
Date: Circa 1500-1000 BC Period: New Kingdom Condition: Very fine, discs complete with some light accretions
The coloured discs were individually crafted in the later New Kingdom Period, the time of the greatest Egyptian Pharaohs: Tutankhamun and Ramses II. The discs are made from faience, a highly fired glazed ceramic, whilst the white discs are carved from shell. Similar beads were found in the royal tomb belonging to the Three Foreign Wives of Thutmose III.
To find out more about the use of faience in Ancient Egyptian culture please see our relevant blog post: What is Egyptian Faience?
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