Egyptian Polychromatic Faience Necklace


A beautiful ancient Egyptian, restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in different shapes and colours. The tubular turquoise beads, alternate with red and white smaller, flattened disc beads. A larger dark blue tubular bead in the centre draws attention to the necklace. The vibrant blue of this bead was meant to imitate the more expensive, semi-precious stone lapis lazuli. The necklace is finished with a small silver plated clasp. Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Excellent condition, necklace has been restrung.


SKU: SM-11 Category: Tag:

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.

For more information on faience, please see the blog post: What is Egyptian Faience? 

Weight 5.8 g
Dimensions L 48.5 cm


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