Faience in Ancient Egypt


Egyptian Name:

Tjehenet ("Dazzling")



An early form of ceramic, Egyptian faience was made from a ground quartz base, lime or natron, and water, coated with an alkaline glaze. It was generally blue or green in color, although white, black, purple, and red is not unknown. Faience was used to make an enormous variety of objects, such as jewelery and amulets, statues, vessels, tiles, Ushabti, dishes, and ceremonial scepters.