An Egyptian Faience Floral Pendant, Amarna Period, ca. 1364-1347 BCE
In ancient Egypt, reproductions of cornflowers have been found dating back to the first half of the 4th millennium BC (Stone to Bronze Age). As a companion of cereal plants and probably also because of its similar color to the blue lotus, it soon became a symbol of life and fertility. It was even cultivated as a garden plant, portrayed, for instance, on wall friezes, and on wall and floor designs in houses and palaces of the Amarna period (1364-1347 BCE). Often flower heads appeared on faience and glazed earthenware, which was also used for pendants of earrings, necklaces, and collars for ladies.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, a lovely example.
Dimensions: Height: 2 cm (0.78 inch)
Provenance: Private Massachusetts collection, acquired from the London trade in the late 1980s - early 1990s.
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