Long, blue, cylindrical Egyptian faience bead, with threadhole.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
1550 BCE-1069 BCE
H50mm x W6mm x D7mm
Egyptian faience is a ceramic material with a siliceous body and brightly coloured glaze.
Faience (composed of quartz, alkaline salts [natron or plant ash], lime, and metallic mineral-based colorant)
Glaze (formed by alkali and lime reacting with silica to form the glaze)
Blue glaze created with copper
History and use
As ancient Egyptians had simple, undyed clothes made from flax linen or wool, personal adornment with jewellery was a means of expressing wealth and identity. This bead may have formed part of a large broad collar.
Crookshank, Edgar March (b.1858, d.1928)