This is an entirely handcrafted Bastet Goddess 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.
This contrast of the deep “Blue Lotus” color with the translucent “Luxor Pearl” in this Bastet Goddess necklace is a ubiquitous combination of ancient Egypt, found in many of the magnificent wall paintings inside the tombs, temples and palaces. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, often associated with Bastet. This is a brass amulet with a silver-plated oxidized finish. This Bastet Goddess necklace is 15-3/4 inches long, falling between a choker and princess length. Please note the images shown are of one particular Bastet Goddess necklace, and are for display purposes only. The Bastet Goddess 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, or Bastet, 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.
This Bastet Goddess necklace is from the “Ka Collection”. The Ka is a person’s life force. When a body was prepared for the tomb, the ancient Egyptians would bestow great offerings inside the burial chamber to feed the Ka in the afterlife. The Egyptian word Ka means “double”, and is typically inscribed as a hieroglyph of uplifted arms, designating the protecting divine spirit of a person. I strive to evoke the duality of this spirit in the designs.