Materials & Techniques

Faience (ancient objects)

A glazed, colorful ceramic pottery called faience was invented in Mesopotamia ca. 4500 B.C.E., adopted by the ancient Egyptians, and produced until the mid-7th century C.E. Used for ancient objects such as decorating beads, amulets, figurines, and other small objects, it is distinguished from later European earthenware, which is known by the same name.

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Getty Vocabulary, AAT (faience (ancient objects): AAT: 300265177)