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Faience Antiquities

Egyptian faience is a non-clay based porous crystalline ceramic composed of crushed quartz or sand, with small amounts of calcite lime and a mixture of alkalis. Faience was cast in molds to form objects and small vessels. A glassy surface luster was created by surface vitrification of a soda lime silica glaze. The most common color, a bright blue-green was made by adding a copper pigment.


Egyptian, Beaded Horus Falcon and Kebhsenuf Funerary Ornaments, Ptolemaic Period, 304 - 30 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

These beaded Horus Falcon and Kebhsenuf funerary ornaments were likely placed on the chest of a mummy sheathed in strands of blue faience beads.
AZ33396. Colorful beaded funerary ornament; Alex G. Malloy, Ancient Art and Antiquities, Summer 1977, 17, intact with original strings, Superb, 7 " Horus Falcon with crowned head and spread wings, with pairs of 3 " Kebhsenuf, brightly colored turquoise blue, maroon, white yellow, and black beads faience beads; $2000.00 (1780.00)


Egyptian, Faience Amphoriskos, Ptolemaic to Early Roman, 3rd Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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AB31020. Faience amphoriskos; height 10.8 cm (3 3/4"), white with traces of green glaze, ornamented with inscribed bands and crescents, two small loop handles, Choice, complete and intact, $320.00 (284.80)


Egypt or Levant, Conical Game Piece, c. 300 - 100 B.C.

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Senet, from Egypt, is man's oldest board game. In Egypt, it was often placed in tombs because it was used in a religious gaming ritual performed in or near the tomb in accordance with the Book of the Dead. It was also intended as a pastime for the afterlife. The game is also found in graves in the Levant and as far as Cyprus and Crete.

AS34488. Gaming token; cf. Malloy, American Games, 26 (baby blue); Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, pp. 53 - 55 & pl. XLVIII (various Egyptian game pieces), 18 mm high, pale green faience, rounded cone; $140.00 (124.60)







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Faience Antiquities