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 goddess Sekhmet. This is a brass amulet with a silver-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.
Sekhmet is one of the earliest, primal Egyptian deities. Her name comes from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” which means power or might; hence she was known to all Egyptians as “She who is Powerful”. Sekhmet is always depicted as a lion-headed woman, with a sun-disc atop her head. Usually embossed on the sun-disc is the Uraeus, or Egyptian Cobra. To her enemies, she could be a terrifying goddess; to her friends, a powerful, benevolent and forever loyal force as she could avert plague and cure disease.
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.