Egyptian Faience and Ancient Blue Glass Single Beads
The beads numbered 33 to 64 were bought in Mali on a strand of ancient mixed beads .. the ones numbered 68 to 86 were discovered in situ amongst many of the 900+ year old Medieval Beads which are for sale on this page.
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 life,
rebirth and immortality. An interesting article on its origins can be read HERE
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.
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
For Reference Only