Faience Protector of the Dead…

by forrest fenn

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Some of the beauty of old Egyptian beads is that they look old. The more beat-up they are the more intrinsic value they have for me. I like to imagine where they were worn 3,500 years ago, and what they’ve seen. Who fabricated them and where?


Bead colors were symbolic of different things, green meant growth and development, red stood for blood, which intended continued life and energy, black, which symbolizes rebirth, and blue referenced the everlasting sky.

This necklace contains beads made from red cornelian, blue faience, white ostrich egg shells, and black glass. The green eye beads are watchful. Nearly all later cultures copied Egyptian eye beads.

Faience Anubis amulets, such as the large blue one on this necklace, were powerful protectors of the dead. They are often found in the linen wrappings of embalmed mummies.





45 thoughts on “Faience Protector of the Dead…

  1. Beautiful! I especially like the blue bead blob thing next to the black one and the thin blue beads and the almost see-through orange ones. All the rest of them are cool too. Hope you are having a good day Forrest and Dal too!

    • Okay, you with the missing teeth and slender hair…you’ll do for a start…come with me into this cave, er, I mean catacomb.

  2. Glad that didnt go in the chest…it does not need any extra hidden protection… 🙂

  3. Ladies and Gentleman, I’ll take one everlasting sky on the rocks. What are you having?

    • Sounds Heavenly! Make mine a double …shaken a bit …but not stirred.

      …but I’m in no rush. You can take your time, also.

  4. The person who constructed this object may not possess the ability to sustain written or verbal communications but does have excellent sense of color design and spatial relations.

      • Thx for the comment, JC1117. I’m guessing someone on the inside is using multiple names at this site. For example, who in heck is Goofy_Old_Guy? And why did his hilarious response disappear from the LA Dogwalker’s thread? For a while there I thought ol goof had a career as a writer.

        • I’ve seen a few odd things, too, kd. For example, I’ve seen Jenny Kile’s picture over on her site…Mysterious Writings…but I’ve seen her posting over here at Dal’s…with HER picture on the avatar…with a different name. Why can’t she just use her real name? Why do people think they have to be so secret all the time? …Like a thinking person can’t figure out it’s Jenny. Hi, Jenny…if you ever end up reading this. I’m not attacking you…just talking out loud. If you actually want someone to attack you you’ll have to find someone else. 🙂

          • Thx, JC1117. I was disappointed to see SOMEBODY deleted my comments about Dal’s appearance, and the response from Goof. Dal’s humorous comments are gone too. Who’s erasing the good stuff???

          • @JC, I think Jenny comments as “sixer” or something like that. There’s a good story that goes with that but I don’t remember if I read it here or on her site. Sorry for being so vague, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m too lazy to look it up.

            @KD; There are a few folks that have a couple different names, I don’t know why; maybe they like talking to themselves. When I’m working on the blog and make a comment it shows up as goofy instead of goofy old guy.

            The only “SOMEBODY”s that can delete a comment is me or Dal as far as I know. If I made a good comment I certainly wouldn’t delete it (there aren’t many “good” ones); and I don’t think Dal would because I would nuke him if he did. 😆

            If you can be more specific I’ll see if I can answer your question.

          • The LA couple at Ojo Caliente, Janice and Ray of Dogwalker fame, was the first story I read by Dal. Prior to that time I payed little attention to the hullabaloo about the gold. But somehow that enchanting tale entered my inbox. I’d seen Dal’s photo before. I stated online that he looked scary, but my perceptions of him changed when I saw his skills as a writer. Goof jumped in and said Dal’s so mean someone tossed him a buffalo to eat and afterwards all that was left was two bones. Tip: don’t edit the good stuff. People may want to read it again.

          • Here’s the Janice and Ray Story. Is this the one you were looking for?


            It’s listed under “Dal’s Adventures”. If I remember right, Dal does not like to delete or move comments around as it becomes too confusing to follow comments. There’s so much info on this site it’s not easy sometimes to find what you are looking for! 🙂

          • You’re right CJ that’s where it’s at. That’s a really old post (Dec. 2011). I noticed all the comments are from this year so some of the comments are definitely missing. The only things I can think of that might have happened are we lost some comments when moving the blog to a new host; we’ve moved a couple times. I don’t remember exactly when we did that but it was way back when we set up the new blog. It’s been here for quit awhile now.

            The only other thing I can think of is Dal had to repost the article for some reason and lost all the old comments…….

        • KD, I usually have a pretty good memory and I’m glad you enjoyed the comment; but I don’t remember what comment you are talking about. Actually I don’t remember the LA Dog walker post; do you have a link.

          I’m no one important, just a goofy old guy wandering around like a lost goose looking for a chest of gold.

  5. Forrest
    I see Story Beads. You said Red symbolizes Blood .Blood represents Family.
    A family and their journeys through life..
    Thanks for sharing… Intrigued!!

  6. I wonder when the transition was made in the way we view the color black? In today’s culture it represents death, not rebirth.

  7. I can not help but to wonder who made them. Was it a man, a woman or a child?
    So many questions… 🙂

  8. I forgot to mention, I think that necklace is so freaking cool. I didn’t even know there were beads available from ancient Egypt. Well…let’s put it this way…it doesn’t really surprise me that beads like that are “available” to Forrest. Those make old “American” trade beads look like chump change. Awesome.

    I found this with a quick Google search.


  9. Some truly nice objects you are showing here Forrest.
    I’d say this crowd truly does appreciate your collection.

  10. Forrest, the Egyptian artifacts that you share are among my favorites in your collection.

    And as a bonus, I have now learned the definitions of “faience”, “frit”, and “flux” today! 🙂

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