Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A gorgeous necklace of a wearable form that is constructed from dozens of faience, carnelian, and gold components. Presented in captivating hues of turquoise, vermilion, and gold, this accessory features 20 spherical carnelian beads that alternate with either singular or fused double faience seed beads in glazed blue-green hues. The 6 larger carnelian spheres towards the center are flanked with gold foil caps to create a regal presentation and interspersed between the faience beads are 19 slender foil tubes made from 89.5% gold (equivalent to 21K+). With modern stringing and a modern double French hook clasp, this is an exquisite synthesis of ancient art combined with modern fashion! Size (necklace): 20.5" L (52.1 cm); (largest carnelian): 0.375" Diameter (1 cm); (largest gold tube): 0.875" L x 0.15" W (2.2 cm x 0.4 cm); gold quality: 89.5% (equivalent to 21K+); total weight: 20.2 grams
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Provenance: East Coast collection, New York Gallery, New York City, New York, USA, acquired before 2010
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Wearable as shown and strung in modern times. Carnelian spheres, faience beads, gold foil caps, and gold foil tubes are ancient; stringing, loop, and double French hook are modern. Minor abrasions to some beads, with small indentations and peripheral tearing to some gold tubes and caps, and fading to glaze pigment on some faience beads, otherwise intact and excellent. Beautiful chromatic presentation and nice patina to gold and carnelian components!