Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom to Late Dynastic Period, 18th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 1549 to 332 BCE. A fabulous necklace of a wearable form composed of dozens of colorful faience beads, two faience scarab pendants, and one stone scarab pendant. The faience beads are presented in tubular, spherical, and seed forms in hues of cream, wheat, turquoise, and shades of blue, and the strands are capped with a modern silver box clasp. The two lateral scarabs are mold-formed from faience and bear illegible hieroglyphs on their undersides, and the center scarab is hand-carved from grey-hued stone that features a recumbent zoomorphic image of Khnum wearing an Atef crown. A wonderful example of ancient art meets modern fashion! Size (necklace): 17" L (43.2 cm); size of largest bead (stone scarab): 0.5" W x 0.7" H (1.3 cm x 1.8 cm).
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection; ex-Phillip Mitry collection, noted dealer in Cairo, Egypt until about 1951 when he emigrated to the United States
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Strung in modern times and wearable as shown. Faience beads and scarab as well as stone scarab are ancient, and stringing and silver components are modern. Minor nicks to some beads and scarabs, light softening to some finer details, and minor encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Nice traces of original glaze color throughout.