Egypt, Late Dynastic period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. An elegant necklace composed of ancient beads on a modern string with modern gold-plated clasp: very dark green-blue faience cylinder beads and fifteen poppy seed amulet beads made from stone. Six of these are made from a green quartz, while nine are made from lapis lazuli (the stone coming from as far away as Afghanistan!). Poppy seed beads from ancient Egypt remind us of the practice of ancient Egyptians cultivating opium from ca. 1300 BCE, which was used by priests and warriors and said to have been given to by Isis to Ra when he had a headache. Wearable and sure to be a conversation starter! Length of strand: 18" L (45.7 cm); size of each poppy seed bead: 0.65" W (1.7 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Frances Artuner collection, Belgium, acquired in the 1960s
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