Length: 50.800 cm
Gift of the
Room 61: Tomb-chapel Nebamun
Faience openwork collar
From Tell el-Amarna,
Mid-18th Dynasty, around 1345 BC
Polychrome faience openwork collar with inlaid terminals
Faience was a very versatile material and
extremely well suited to making small items such as elements of
jewellery. The material, sometimes termed 'glazed
composition' from the technique used, was produced by
heating crushed quartz and
Faience was cheap to make and could be used to manufacture jewellery on an industrial scale. The addition of pigments to the ingredients allowed a range of colours to be produced, which in the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) included red, yellow, green, blue and white. The most popular time for polychrome faience was in the mid-eighteenth Dynasty, during the Amarna Period.
This openwork collar is typical of the type of jewellery produced in the Amarna Period. The collar is made up entirely of floral designs. The lotus flowers on the rectangular terminals are inlaid with blue, turquoise and red glazes. The vertical spacers consist of yellow mandrake fruits, green palm leaves, and purple tipped white lotus petals. These are separated by tiny beads of blue, yellow and red.
C.A.R. Andrews, Eternal Egypt: treasures from, exh. cat. (Hong Kong, Museum of Art, 1998)
S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)