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Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulets of Ankh Cross

Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulets of Ankh Cross

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1406755
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A faience (blue green glazed) clay Ankh is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used in writing and in art to represent the word for "life" and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself. Egyptian faience is a non-clay based ceramic composed of crushed quartz or sand, with small amounts of calcite lime and a mixture of alkalis, displaying surface vitrification due to the soda lime silica glaze often containing copper pigments to create a bright blue-green luster. Mounted on a single custom antiqued bronze mount.

Provenance: Ashby Collection

Date:725-332 BC

Dimensions: 5" tall X 3.35" wide with stand, individual cross 1.5"tall X .75" wide