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EJ1411

An Egyptian Faience Bead & Wedjet Necklace, Late Period, ca 664-332BC

A charming faience bead necklace; the cylindrical spherical beads are the pure earthy colors the Egyptians associated with magical power.  The brown and tan represented the rich alluvial soil from the Nile floods, essential to grow crops, the warm blues and greens representing new life, rejuvenation and rebirth.  The necklace features a wedjat eye pendant, believed to be a powerful amulet for protection, with museum accession number: 309233 printed on back.

Condition: All beads are intact and in excellent condition overall, restrung with later vermeil gold clasp.  

Dimensions:  Length:  16 inches

Provenance:    Forming part of the Lenman/Stohlman collection assembled by the Washington D.C. socialite Miss Isobel H. Lenman (1845 - 1931), in the early 1900’s. Loaned and accessioned by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., between 1916 and 1921 where it was exhibited until her death in 1931. Thereafter, the collection was returned to her heirs and sold around 1937 to Dr. Martin Stohlman, remaining with the Stohlman family until 2011.

 

 

 

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