an exquisite, rare example of Egyptian craftsmanship, hand carved and polished, pierced for stringing.
Dimensions: height: 1.98 cm (0.78 inches)
Provenance: Estate of Rita Okrent, California, assembled in the 1970's. Rita became interested in making jewelry in the early 1970s when she took a silversmithing class through the local community college. By the mid-1970’s, she had developed an interest in ethnic beads and artifacts and began designing necklaces. In 1977-1978, Rita and the family lived abroad as Rita’s husband, David, a professor at UCLA, was on sabbatical leave. Rita always had a good eye for interesting items, but on this extended 14-month trip she was able to explore and buy from dealers in the souks of Israel and Egypt, flea markets in London, Paris and Vienna and from sellers in Hong Kong and China and India. On each trip, she searched for ancient and antique beads and pendants, for small antiquities and for unusual collectibles.