An Egyptian Faience Ball Bead Pendant, ca. 2141 - 2122 BCE
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This is an example of Middle Kingdom faience at its best! Although hand-made, it is almost perfectly round and the smooth glazed surface flirts between blue and green. Both these colors the ancient Egyptians particularly associated with magical representations of new life, rejuvenation, and rebirth. After 4000 years, this lovely bead has been strung once more for wearing as a pendant necklace with a modern, adjustable 14K solid gold chain. This adjustable chain allows you to wear the pendant at its longest length of 22-inches or shorten it to your preference depending on the outfit.
For related ball bead examples see, British Museum accession number: EA3084
Dimensions: Bead Length: 1 cm (0.39 inches). Strung on an adjustable 22-inch 14k gold chain.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Lenman/Stohlman collection assembled by the Washington D.C. socialite Miss Isobel H. Lenman (1845 - 1931), in the early 1900s on loan to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., between 1916 and 1921