Investigating the Original Color of Ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom Faience Beads

Broad Collar
Egyptian, Old Kingdom (BCE)

The Georg Steindorff Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig loaned beads from an Old Kingdom broad collar and choker to the Carlos Museum for examination and restringing. The beads exhibited significant color loss in comparison to more recent examples of faience. Emory University students Alexandra Fuller and Samantha Owens used x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to determine the elemental composition of the beads and to infer their original color. This podcast is part of the Science of Art series that explores concepts taught in General Chemistry classes through case studies featuring objects and conservation projects from the Carlos Museum.
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