Description: A restrung double-stranded necklace of blue faience beads, long tubular type, interspersed with blue and grey faience beads of short circular type, holding six matched blue-green faience funerary amulets, comprising four djed columns and standing figures of the goddesses Isis and her sister Nepthys. Some minute chips to the djed pillars, otherwise condition good and nice examples.
Size: The necklace measuring 324 mm/12.7 ins. in length, the amulets measuring 21-23 mm/0.8-0.9 in. in length
Date: Late Period, c. 600-300 B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired at Jones & Jacob Fine Art Auctioneers, Watlington, Oxfordshire, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, in December 2012 (Lot 353).
Background: Julian Bird was a passionate collector of Egyptian antiquities, who built up a fine and extensive collection from the 1970s onwards. He sourced his items mainly from the UK market, from specialist dealers, fairs, markets and auctioneers. He was a model collector, carefully documenting his collection, and his notes on this particular item will be supplied to the buyer.