Nile Blue: Glass Uses
Glass in ancient Egypt was a luxury item and therefore was used for ornanmental or decorative purposes.
This glass ear stud dates from New Kingdom period when glass was first produced in Egypt.
These glass beads may have been part of a necklace or other jewelry. They were found at Amarna, a city under the rule of Akhenaten, and a time-period known for its fine glass-works.
This glass bottle may have held resin. It was designed to look like imported Syrian spindle pottery.
This pectoral is shaped like a shrine and features a large blue faience scarab beetle and red glass. Pectorals were worn on the chest as part of a necklace and usually featured amulets or images of deities. Amulets were meant to protect the wearer by calling on a deity for protection. Mummies are found wearing amulets and pectorals, like this one. This piece dates to the 20th Dynasty, New Kingdom.
This collection of highly detailed inlays are made from glass and copper alloys. These very minute figures were likely a part of a decorated wooden shrine. Decorative glass elements on shrines date back to the 6th century BC and later, glass hieroglyphs were used on wooden coffins from the 4th century BC, onward. These pieces date from a later period, called Ptolemaic Period, which features Greek influences.