Egyptian Polychrome Faience Beaded Necklace


A beautiful restrung ancient Egyptian necklace, featuring alternating long tubular and short spherical beads. The tubular beads are made of white, light green and dark green faience, whilst the smaller, spherical beads are coloured yellow. The necklace is not finished with a clasp.

Date: Circa 1550 – 655 BC
Period: New Kingdom – Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: Private Collection, Germany, with Aton Gallery, Oberhausen, September 2003. Ex Arnold Meijer collection, the Netherlands, acquired from the former. Bonhams, London, Antiquities, July 2023, Lot 95.
Condition: Fine Condition. Unclasped.

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SKU: RF-012 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 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, as well as used to create scarabs, furniture and cups.

To discover more on ancient Egyptian faience, please read our blog: What is Egyptian Faience?

Weight 8.7 g
Dimensions L 61.6 cm


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