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Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate to Late Dynastic Period, ca. 1070 to 332 BCE. A lovely necklace composed of a single upper strand which splits into five separate lower strands along the bottom. Dozens of tubular and seed beads are formed from faience in faded green, blue, and brown hues. To the Egyptians, faience was known as "tjehnet," meaning brilliant or dazzling. It was made by grinding quartz or sand crystals together with various elements. Faience beads were used in everyday jewelry and were also used to make burial nets to be placed over mummies. A gorgeous example of wearable ancient art! Size (necklace): 27.125" L (68.9 cm); size (largest bead): 0.6" L (1.5 cm).
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Splendors of the World, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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