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 variegation of color within the verdant Wadj Green faience played against the translucent tones of the Luxor Pearl is a venerable and quite beautiful combination found in many ancient Egyptian wall paintings and artifacts. 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 Ancient Egyptian “Ba” is a spiritual entity often depicted as a human-headed bird. It is essentially a part of one’s soul that can travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. In many aspects it is similar to our own western concept of the soul. However the ancient Egyptians held that the Ba was more of a spirit that evoked an “impression” or “effect”, even a “reputation” before others, of one’s true and primal nature. Hence, the Ba becomes much more than our own understanding of one’s soul, as it is also the impression one makes with her soul. Later, the Greeks would adopt the word “psyche” in place of the Egyptian Ba. The designs within this collection were created with the aspiration to imbue these pieces of this spirit.