Investigating the Original Color of Ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom Faience Beads

The Carlos Museum examines and restrings an Old Kingdom Broad collar and choker, working with the Parsons Conservation Laboratory to determine the original colors of the beads.


Beads from an Old Kingdom broad collar and choker were loaned from the Georg Steindorff Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig to the Michael C. Carlos Museum for examination and restringing. The Old Kingdom faience beads exhibited significant color loss in comparison to more recent examples of faience. Working with staff of the Parsons Conservation Laboratory, interns Alexandra Fuller and Samantha Owens used elemental analysis techniques to determine the original color of the beads.

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