broad collar of blue faience beads, an extraordinarily large example of funerary jewelry typical of the middle kingdom; blue glazed faience. Both heads generally cracked and chipped at beak.

Broad collar, 2040-1783 BCE

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Gift of Edward S. Harknessexpand_more  27.42.4

This broad collar with falcon head terminals is made of Egyptian faience, a glazed ceramic made not of clay but silica, one of the ingredients of glass. Its characteristic green color was likened to new plant shoots and was symbolic of regeneration, while its luster evoked the brilliance of the sun. Because Egyptians believed they could be reborn into the afterlife, these associations made faience the ideal material for funerary jewelry.

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Broad collar
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27.42.4
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broad collar of blue faience beads, an extraordinarily large example of funerary jewelry typical of the middle kingdom; blue glazed faience. Both heads generally cracked and chipped at beak.