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Ancient Egypt Turquoise Faience Glass Necklace BC 600 $49.99


For Customers outside of USA

Splendid, Delicate 2,500 Year Old Ancient Egyptian Turquoise Blue-Green Faience Tube Bead Necklace.

CLASSIFICATION: Eight primitive ancient Egyptian silica ceramic/glass (“faience”) tube beads. Eighteen primitive silica disc beads. Contemporary gold electroplate chain. Sterling silver and 14kt gold chains are also available.

ATTRIBUTION: Ancient Egypt, 26th Dynasty, about 7th century B.C.

SIZE: Faience tube beads range between 20 and 40 millimeters (3/4 to 1 1/2 inches) in length. About 3 millimeters (1/8th inch) in diameter. Disc beads are about 4 millimeters in diameter, about 2 millimeters in thickness. Gold electroplated chain is 60 millimeters (24 inches) in length.

CONDITION: Excellent. Unbroken beads relatively intact, faience turquoise color well preserved.

DETAIL: A necklace composed of sequentially-strung, blue-green tubular “mummybeads” constructed of faience, a primitive silica ceramic. Interspersed are disk-shaped silica beads used as accent separators. The faience beads used are full-sized, premium specimens, specially selected for their color and unbroken condition. The beads are mounted onto a strong, serpentine 24 inch 18kt gold electroplated chain. The beads are strung onto a high-quality chain electroplated with 0.030” of 18kt gold (about eight times the thickness of a cheap electroplate). ). If you prefer, we have available both sterling silver as well as 14kt solid gold chains.

CONSTRUCTION: Faience, a primitive form of ceramic, was the ancient forerunner of modern glass, and was used by the Ancient Egyptians as far back as 3000 B.C. to fashion various amulets, beads, and other items of personal adornment. Most amulet/necklaces were both worn on a daily basis for protection, as well as buried with the dead to afford protection in the journey from this life to the next. Some bead necklaces were purely items of personal adornment, as these might have been so worn. Faience was produced by crushing quartz mixed with copper, and made into a paste. The paste was then placed in a mold, and then fired. The quartz would fuse, and the copper would give the resulting product a color with blue and/or green hues, which was favored by the ancient Egyptians as the color of the Nile River.

HISTORY: One of the greatest civilizations of recorded history was ancient Egypt. For a mere hundred dollars or thereabouts, you can possess a small part of that great civilization in the form of a very attractive necklace composed of 2,500 year old faience beads. Ancient Egyptian artifacts (amulets, beads, and other forms of jewelry) are amongst the most sought after and highly collectible artifacts from ancient Egypt. Religion was very important to the ancient Egyptians, and they worshipped many gods. These gods and goddesses often represented the natural world, such as the sky, earth, sun, or wind. The gods took the form of animals or animal/human figures. The ancient Egyptians wore amulets, small representations of these gods, as magical charms to ward off danger. They believed that these amulets, or talismans, would not only protect them in life, but in death as well, and would endow the individual wearing them with magical powers and capabilities.

While religious beliefs in ancient Egypt played a very important role in life, they played an even larger role in death. The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead prescribed 104 different types of amulets be buried with the mummy in order to protect the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife. Typically pinned to or wrapped within their burial shroud, it was not uncommon to find even thousands of amulets in the possession of the mummified remains of more prominent members of that ancient civilization. Typically when mummifying the deceased, there could be as many as 80 layers of linen, and it was not unusual to place at least one amulet representation of each of the more significant deities within each layer. As with the entire process of mummification and burial, the manufacture of amulets and the application of the magic spells for the benefit of the deceased, were almost always overseen by Egyptian priests.

Amulets from ancient Egypt were buried typically for between 2,500 and 3,000 years before being unearthed inside of tombs within the last century or two. Amulets typically are between one-half and two inches in size. Amulets were oftentimes worn about the neck by the ancient Egyptians, typically on a beaded necklace, much like this one here. The beads were most often faience beads, in colors ranging from tan to pale jade green to cobalt blue. Though the material used to string the necklaces disappeared in the eons passed while buried within the tombs of Egypt, the beads themselves survived. Oftentimes these necklaces are restrung on modern filaments, and then offered as a matching set with an amulet which can be worn or displayed with pride. A little more subtle are necklaces such as this, composed of these beautiful turquoise colored beads mounted onto a quality chain.

The antiquities offered were originally part of a collection accumulated throughout most of the twentieth century. The Roman artifacts were found principally in Romania (literally "land of the Romans"), Bulgaria, Libya and Syria. The Sumerian artifacts were unearthed in both Turkey and Syria, which along with Iraq and Iran constituted the majority of the sites of the ancient Sumerian civilizations. The Egyptian antiquities were part of a collection amassed in the mid-1960's, at the height of Soviet influence in Egypt. As well, additional specimens are occasionally acquired from other institutions and dealers in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

SHIPPING: These antiquities come from a number of collections which by and large originated here in Eastern Europe. As well, additional specimens are occasionally acquired from other institutions and dealers, principally in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. All of these artifacts are now in the United States and are available for immediate delivery via U.S. Mail. All purchases are backed by an unlimited guarantee of satisfaction and authenticity. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for a complete and immediate refund of your entire purchase price. A certificate of authenticity (COA) is available upon request.

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