Egyptian Faience and Ancient Blue Glass Single Beads
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Click HERE for Strands of Melon Faience Beads
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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.
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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
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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.
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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

 38 x 33 x 12 mm F             Domed fronts            30 x 26 x 9 mm F
     ATB 685-33   40        with flat backs          ATB 685-34   36  

29 x 23 x 10 mm *F
ATB 685-35 20

19 x 13 mm
ATB 685-39   8

10 x 14 x 5 mm F
ATB 685-43   16

23 x 18 x 6 mm**
ATB 685-47   14

17 x 15 x 10 mm * F
ATB 685-51   20

15 x 14 x 11 mm * F
ATB 685-52   22

10 x 18 mm F
ATB 685-58 18

10 x 16 mm F
ATB 685-60   10

Cross section for Reference only

13 x 5 mm
ATB 685-81   8

11 x 9 x 5 plaque
ATB 685-82 10

Key:   F = Faience .. (2) Number of identical beads available at price shown for each one
Cyl = Cylinder   ** = Cube   * = Pyramid shape 
** = Faceted Bicone  * = 5-Sided
** =  These extremely ancient and weathered specimens display a wonderful iridescence,
which is difficult to accurately display and shows as white in their pictures.

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