An Egyptian Faience Mummy Bead Necklace, ca 664 - 332 BC

a delicate necklace of various earth-tones in an alternating pattern of multiple discs and long cylindrical faience beads. The cylindrical spherical beads are the pure earthy colors the Egyptians associated with magical power.  The tan, black and brown beads represented the rich alluvial soil from the Nile floods, essential to grow crops, the warm blues and greens representing new life, rejuvenation, rebirth.

Condition: Re-strung with a modern clasp, beads are intact and in excellent condition overall. 

Dimensions: Length: 18.1 inches (46 cm)

Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.


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