Egyptian Polychrome Faience Beaded Short Necklace

£ 425.00

A beautiful restrung Ancient Egyptian necklace consisting of two adjoined layers of short cylindrical beads. These alternate in red, yellow and blue faience. The necklace is finished with a small circular clasp.

Date: Circa 1550 – 655 BC
Period: New Kingdom – Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: Dr F. Janette Walen, the Netherlands, formed 1910-1940; and thence by descent with Archea Ancient Art, Amsterdam, October 2002. Ex Arnold Meijer collection, the Netherlands, acquired from the former. Ex Bonhams, London, Antiquities, July 2023, Lot 95.
Condition: Fine Condition


SKU: RF-013 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 5.6 g
Dimensions L 38.0 cm


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