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Faience Bead Necklace - FJ.3218
Origin: Egypt (Sinai)
Circa: 1600 BC to 1100 BC

Collection: Egyptian
Medium: Faience


Additional Information: Necklace composed of genuine Egyptian new kingdom faience beads.

Location: United States
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According to Egyptologists, most beads were made on an axis, probably of thread, which would burn up during firing, leaving a hole. Disc, ring and tubular beads were made by coating the axis with the unfired body-paste, rolling the cylinder to an even diameter on a flat surface, and then scoring it with a knife into sections of the desired length. Other shapes, such as ball beads, were rolled between the hands and perforated while still wet with a stiff point such as a wire needle. The beads were then dried, coated with glaze (if the glaze had not already been mixed with the paste), and fired. The firing process often gave the beads a beautiful translucent quality. The majority of faience beads are blue or green in color, but black, red, yellow and white ones were also produced, especially in the New Egyptian Kingdom. - (FJ.3218)

 

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