Ancient Egyptian Polychrome Faience Necklace

£ 995.00

A beautiful ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads in different shapes and colours. The centre of the necklace features a flattened spherical red bead, made from jasper. Flanking this central bead are two sections of double stranded necklace, consisting of ridged yellow faience beads alternating with a blue double-pierced faience bead. The top half of the necklace, near the clasp, consists of tubular faience beads alternating with spherical, ridged blue faience beads. The necklace is finished with a large figure of eight decorative 18k gold-plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Very fine condition. The necklace has been restrung.


Product Code: ES-164
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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.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 12.1 g
Dimensions L 50.0 cm

Blue Faience, Yellow Faience


North Africa

Semi-Precious Stone


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