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Egyptian Revival Faience Scarab Pendant with 14K Gold Mount


During the early 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and introduced what is referred to as "Egyptian Revival Jewelry." The first Egyptian Revival period began around the 1820s and was inspired by the ancient Egyptian ruins being unearthed at the time. Images such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics became popular. Some pieces were crafted using a material known as Egyptian Paste or "faience", which is the oldest form of non-clay glazed ceramic, and is often found in a range of blue and green colors. 

This scarab is from the 1920's; the third Egyptian revival period. At that time there was another unearthing of treasures, so the trend was once again popular. The scarab is a sandy beige faience bead.  It has brown overtones in the recesses of the scarab that delineate the beetle; on the reverse are hieroglyphics. 

At the bottom is a round bead that extends on a gold wire through the bead and forms a bale at the top. The bottom of the bead shows evidence to how it was made. The scarab is 1" to the top of the bale, 7/16" wide, and 5/16” deep. The bale opening measures 3.5 x 7 mm and the piece weighs 2.9 grams. The scarab is in excellent condition for its age. Ready to hang on a chain of your choice. We have other sizes available on our website. 

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