Necklace made of coloured glass - ROM2018_16320_42


Necklace made of coloured glass

Medium:Colored glass
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
47.8 cm
Object number: 922.8.49
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians used glass as an artificial semi-precious stone. Because of the high temperatures necessary to work with glass, and the skilled craftsmen who knew how to form and colour it, glass was a costly material. This attractive necklace appears at first glance to be made of rock crystal, or perhaps very pale amethyst.

Like so many ancient Egyptian necklaces in museums, it was not excavated, but was a gift from friends of the institution. We cannot know, therefore, if this assemblage was original, but the excellent match in size and colour of the beads suggests that this is close to the appearance sought by the ancient Egyptians.

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