An Amarna Faience Bead and Floral Pendant Necklace, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1353-1336 BCE
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This lovely necklace of brightly colored faience ring beads, is re-strung with flat backed pendants from a broad collar; a durable version of the elaborate perishable floral collars worn by banquet guests. Here, nine white pendants with their shaded yellow tops and mauve tips representing the white lotus, alternate with eight blue faience pendants. Such growing plants were inherently symbolic of new life, but some flowers also open each morning, reconfirming the idea of resurrection. Such pendants are characteristic of the Eighteenth Dynasty and made almost exclusively of multi-colored glazed composition with a suspension loop at the top and sometimes at the bottom.
cf: Tomashevska, Marija. “Sacred floral garlands and collars from the New Kingdom and early Third Intermediate Period in Ancient Egypt 1550 B.C. – 943 B.C.” Marija Tomashevska, 2019.
Dimensions: Length: 17 3/4 in (45.08 cm)
Condition: Some loops missing on the pendants otherwise intact and in good condition overall. The necklace has been restrung with 18K gold s-clasp.
Provenance: Foxwell private collection (U.K), acquired between 1930 and 1950.