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.
Egyptian Turquoise Necklace with Grape Amulet
A beautiful ancient Egyptian restrung necklace featuring faience beads of different shapes and sizes. The rounded tubular beads alternate between a light turquoise to a dark blue and are intersected by light blue circular beads. At the centre, is a faience triangular amulet with a hatched impression across the surface, imitating a grape-like cluster. The back of the amulet remains plain. The necklace is finished with a silver clasp. Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied.
Period: Amarna period, 18th Dynasty
Condition: Good Condition, necklace has been restrung