Egyptian Faience and Ancient Blue Glass Single Beads - Picture Collection 79
These beads were bought in Mali on a strand of ancient mixed beads ..
others were discovered in situ amongst many 900+ year old Medieval Beads.
First developed around 5,000 years ago in Egypt, Faience is a glazed, non-clay ceramic material and was the forerunner to glass, but is a much softer material.
Used by the
Egyptians to imitate various much more expensive precious stones and known to them as tjehnet, a word they associated with the properties of shining, gleaming, or dazzling and was thought to glisten with a light, symbolic of
rebirth and immortality.
The beads below show some of the
beautiful and long-lasting colours that were achieved so long ago .. having various degrees of wear which is consistent with the authentic patina of their great age.
The bright blue beads are ancient Egyptian Blue glass . click HERE for its origins
For a full description of their history, ancient production
methods, the chemicals responsible for their beautiful colours and a lot more - please read this excellent article by Marie Parsons