Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Odd Spot: Turquoise (Not!)...

Looking for all the world like a carved turquoise figure, this little chap from the National Gallery of Victoria had me a bit perplexed. Other labels had talc or serpentine or some other carving material noted, but this one had 'faience'. I didn't know what this was until I got back home and was able to look it up and found that it is tin-glazed pottery.

This one is labelled as a 'Pataikos amulet' from the Egyptian Ptolemaic Period, 332-330BC.

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