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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, Tel-el-Armarna Period, Broad Necklace Petal Bead, 1379 - 1362 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Tel-el-Armarna| |Period,| |Broad| |Necklace| |Petal| |Bead,| |1379| |-| |1362| |B.C.|
Broad_collar_necklaceThis is a very well made and most unusual bead with extremely rare faience colors produced in the Tel-el-Armarna period. It was originally part of a grand necklace of faience beads. Called a broad collar necklace, it was a more durable version of elaborate perishable floral collars that were worn by banquet guests. This bead represents a single date flower petal. Click here to see a magnificent broad collar necklace in the The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 121.
AS96345. Egyptian, Tel-el-Armarna, bright yellow and bright glossy red faience fig flower petal bead, grey faience loops at each end, 19.4mm long, Superb, 1353 - 1336 B.C.; from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; of great rarity; $1350.00 SALE PRICE $900.00
 


Egyptian, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, Faience Scarab, 664 - 30 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Late| |Period| |-| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Faience| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |30| |B.C.|
 
AS96367. Egyptian scarab, bright light green faience, flail on base, pierced for suspension, 8.1mm long, near Choice, 664 - 30 B.C.; from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; $144.00 SALE PRICE $110.00
 


Egyptian, Saite Period to Ptolemaic Period, Faience Naturalistic Heart Scarab, 664 - 250 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Saite| |Period| |to| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Faience| |Naturalistic| |Heart| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |250| |B.C.|
Certainly one of the finest faience examples known of this type. From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AF33415. Faience heart scarab; ex Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy, 1974, Number 8, Choice, 7.3 cm (large size), exceptionally fine naturalistic modeling, pale blue-green glaze on underside; minor flaking, several legs broken off as well as chipping on the right plate and clypeus; SOLD


Egyptian Faience Ushabti, 30th Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period, c. 380 - 200 B.C.

|Shabtis|, |Egyptian| |Faience| |Ushabti,| |30th| |Dynasty| |-| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |c.| |380| |-| |200| |B.C.|
AB31059. 11 cm (4 1/4") high, turquoise faience, Osirian form, holding pick and hoe, seed basket over left shoulder, back pillar, uninscribed, Choice, SOLD


Egyptian Faience Ushabti Inscribed "The Osiris, Hemka Nefer," 30th Dynasty to Ptolemaic Period, c. 664 - 100 B.C.

|Shabtis|, |Egyptian| |Faience| |Ushabti| |Inscribed| |"The| |Osiris,| |Hemka| |Nefer,"| |30th| |Dynasty| |to| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |c.| |664| |-| |100| |B.C.|
Smaller ushabtis are often inscribed "the Osiris" followed by the name of the deceased. Hemka literally means priest and Nefer means good or perfect. Osiris is called "Osiris Hemka" in a sacred text where he begets a son with Isis (who is flying over him as a hawk while he reclines on a lion couch). The inscription may read, "The Osiris, the perfect priest" or more likely reads, "The Osiris" followed by the name of the desceased, "Hemka Nefer."
AW31071. Aquamarine faience, Osirian form, holding pick and hoe, back pillar; a bit carelessly made, 8.4 cm (3 1/4") high, Choice, SOLD







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