Jewelry Elements for a Broad Collar

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121

These faience necklace elements were excavated at Amarna. The beads include palm fronds (green); lotus petals (white); dates (green, blue, and red); bunches of grapes (dark blue); cornflowers (green, blue, and white); persea fruit (yellow); and dom-palm fruit (red).

The individual beads were made in molds and small ring beads were attached later to allow stringing. The elements shown here were intended for a collar necklace, so rings were attached at top and bottom so that the beads could interlock two strings. The triangular necklace terminal in the shape of a lotus blossom was pierced with holes for the necklace threads before it was fired.

These elements come from houses in the North Suburb of Amarna where there were areas with a high density of faience molds and pendant suggesting production took place in the area.

Jewelry Elements for a Broad Collar, Faience

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