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Ancient Mummybeads Necklace and Earrings with Coral

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000   item# 623583

Ancient Mummybeads Necklace and Earrings with Coral
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In ancient Egypt, clothes were plain and light for the hot climate, so people made fashion statements with beads. Everybody wore them, choosing colors both for ornament and protection. Turquoise and red were especially prized -- the former because it signified the sky and eternal life and the latter because it represented the power of the sun. Since the value to them was in the color, not the material, Egyptians mixed substances freely and developed imitation stones early. Among them was faience, a quartz-based ceramic made for thousands of years.

By the Late Dynastic period, their jewelry industry led the world and production was such that they could even afford to shroud mummies in woven nets of these life-giving blue-green beads. That's why many have survived in beautiful condition.

This set features particularly fine ones, all crafted between 600 and 300 BC and selected for their color harmony and uniform size. Besides the long blue-green beads, there are multi-colored spacers of faience plus accents of luxurious red coral. The graceful necklace is of princess length, 17 inches, and the matched earrings are glamorous shoulder-dusters dangling more than 4 1/2 inches long. Findings, chains and silver accent beads are of course contemporary, hallmarked sterling. Although you'll be the first to wear this wonderful demi-parure, it's entirely within the tradition of what was worn in ancient times.

A certificate of authenticity attesting to the beads' age will be furnished with your purchase.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!

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