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Ancient Egyptian Necklace And Earrings; Circa 600 B.c., With Coa

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Seller: markandleaann (250) 100%, Location: Sidney, Nebraska, Ships to: US, Item: 332024883093 EGYPTIAN COLLAR NECKLACE WITH COA(circa 600 B.C.) Dating from the 26th Egyptian Dynasty (circa 600 B.C.), this funereal mummy bead necklace was discovered among the remains of a eunuch scribe of the harem of Horhet-ha, commander of the northern army. It has been restrung on a modern setting with the original faience and ceramic beads positioned exactly as they were found. Ancient (?) tomb robbers removed any gold to be found. The shells on the restrung necklace and earrings have been electroplated to restore as much as possible original appearance. This period of Egyptian history marked a turning point in the decline of pharaonic power in ancient Egypt. The pharaoh Nekau II, better known as Necho (610 B.C.-595 B.C.), was actively engaged in the continuance of the foreign involvements of his father Psammetichus, when he came to the throne in 610 B.C. At this time Palestine once more became an Egyptian possession and much of the history of Egypt's involvement in the area is enshrined in the Biblical account in the second Book of Kings. It was now, in the late 7th century, that Greece was expanding her trading contacts and Necho took the opportunity of recruiting displaced Ionian Greeks to form an Egyptian navy. This was hitherto unheard of in Egypt because all of the Egyptians had an inherent distaste for and fear of the Sea. Necho's vision was a wide one-he pre-empted the Suez Canal by almost 2500 years. Then he had a navigable canal dug through the Wadi Tumilat between the Pelusiac branch of the Nile (where the great fortress of Pelusium was located) and the Red Sea. Ancient Per-Temu (house of Atum), modern Tell el-Mashkhuta, west of Ismailia- was built on the canal and its fortunes, like the later Suez, were linked to the prosperity and use of the new waterway. This necklace was placed around the throat of the mummy. Immediately below it was a series of mummy bead necklaces, all made of blue or green faience. Each necklace had a faience amulet representing one of the gods of ancient Egypt. Most of the mummy’s belonging to higher class Egyptians were provided with numerous necklaces of this type. Often, so many such necklaces formed a sort of faience shroud on the mummy, terminating around the knees or ankles. Tomb robbers in ancient times prized faience amulets because it was believed that faience (gift from the gods) would ensure prosperity in the afterlife. This mummy bead necklace and ear rings come with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1603, New York, NY, dated September 18, 1986. These pieces of fine Egyptian art will be shipped, insured, free to the purchaser. Thank you for your interest. Please contact us should you have any questions or desire additional photographs. All sales final Condition: It has been restrung on a modern setting with the original faience and ceramic beads positioned exactly as they were found. Ancient (?) tomb robbers removed any gold to be found. The shells on the restrung necklace and earrings have been electroplated to restore as much as possible original appearance. please see write-up below., Provenance: COA from Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, New York, N.Y

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