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(iwen) In ancient Egypt, color was an integral part of the substance and being of everything in life. The color of something was a clue to the substance or heart of the matter. When it was said that one could not know the color of the gods, it meant that they themselves were unknowable, and could never be completely understood. In art, colors were clues to the nature of the beings depicted in the work.
Egyptian faience is a sintered-quartz ceramic displaying surface vitrification which creates a bright lustre of various blue-green colours. Having not been made from clay, it is often not classed as pottery . [ 1 ] It is called "Egyptian faience" to distinguish it from faience , the tin-glazed pottery associated with Faenza in northern Italy. [ 2 ] Egyptian faience, both locally produced and exported from Egypt, occurred widely in the ancient world and is well known from Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean and in northern Europe as far away as Scotland . [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ edit ] Introduction From the inception of faience in the archaeological record of Ancient Egypt , the elected colors of the glazes varied within an array of blue-green hues.
Over a thousand years before glass was first created, people in the Nile River valley created a beautiful material called faience. Faience is a special type of ceramic with a tin-based glaze. Faience pieces are recognizable due to their turquoise color. The ancient Egyptians made many objects out of faience. Most common were beads, many of which were in the shape of long tubes and assembled into nets which wrapped around mummies.
Most of the ancient Egyptian buildings have disappeared leaving no trace. Built of sun baked bricks made of Nile mud and straw, houses, palaces and city walls crumbled when they stopped being looked after. Stone structures like temples and tombs fared better, but even they fell victim to the ravages of time, the greed of men, to earthquakes and subsidence.