Elegant Egyptian Faience Necklace with Petal Amulet
A beautiful Egyptian re-strung faience necklace featuring turquoise cylindrical beads alternating with smaller, flattened circular beads of various colours, providing an alluring polychromy to the piece. The necklace is further enriched with a central deep blue amulet in the form of a petal, with a suspension loop at the top and bottom.
Date: Circa 1069-744 BC Period: Third Intermediate Period Condition: Fine condition. The necklace has been finished with a small silver clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied). When folded the necklace measures 26.2cm in length.
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, the substance was used to create scarabs, furniture and cups.
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