This is an entirely handcrafted necklace made from kiln-fired Egyptian faience beads. The techniques and artistry I use are precisely those found in the magnificent ancient Egyptian faience artwork created some 5,000 years ago. The sintered-quartz ceramic I create is made from exactly the same type of minerals the Egyptians drew from the sands of their deserts and the silts of the Nile.
The blues of Egyptian Sky and Blue Lotus playing against the neutral Luxor Pearl were drawn from the stunning and remarkably preserved interior ceiling and wall paintings of the Hathor Dendera Temple. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian god Bes. This is a brass amulet with a gold-plated oxidized finish. This necklace is 16 inches long, falling between a choker and princess length. Please note the images shown are of one particular necklace, and are for display purposes only. The necklace you order will undoubtedly have slight variations of the variegated tones and shapes within the beads and amulet. The is the nature of Egyptian Faience and metal casting, and consequently part of it’s beauty and allure.
Bes is a wonderfully complex Egyptian God. While he is known as a fierce warrior against all forces of evil, he is also a comedic god. Bes is particularly protective of women and children, and as a result became the god of childbirth. If any evil spirits were lurking around the birthing chamber, Bes would scare them off by dancing, shouting and shaking his rattle. His squat dwarf stature, pot-belly and comedic face made him a favorite among the Egyptian people. It was said that if a baby suddenly laughed or smiled for no reason, it was because Bes was nearby and making funny faces.
The Shen is an Ancient Egyptian symbol depicted as a stylized circle of rope with both ends tied together at the bottom. The name comes from the Egyptian word “shenu” which literally means to encircle. In addition to ubiquitous inscriptions and paintings within tombs, temples and palaces, the Shen can be also found in many forms of Ancient Egyptian jewelry like earrings, rings and necklaces, and when worn or held was known as a device of eternal protection. It’s with this essence I designed the Shenu Collection.