Ancient Egyptian Dark Green Faience Necklace

£ 400.00

A beautiful Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace consisting of faience beads from the Middle Kingdom period. The necklace is formed of dark green tubular beads, featuring different lengths and finished with a small silver clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 2030 to 1650 BC.
Period: Middle Kingdom.
Condition: Fine Condition (Half Length 23cm). Some beads feature encrustations.
Product Code: ES-140

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.

Dimensions L 23 cm

North Africa


Green Faience

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