Antique 1930s Egyptian Revival brooch with faux faience scarab and

A large Egyptian Revival brooch centering a faux faience scarab in a tiered, cast, and embellished square mounting. Ancient Egyptian faience was a bright blue ceramic material, produced in many colors but perhaps best known in its turquoise-blue version. The scarab on this brooch is molded glass with painted yellow accents, held in a fitted oval bezel. The surrounding frame of metal has a marvelous ruched appearance and the larger, outer frame is cast with acanthus and other decorative motifs. The four corners are accented with floral elements and faux-pearls. 

After the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922, public appetite for Ancient Egyptian cultural symbols - including in costume and jewelry - was insatiable. Archaeological discoveries, as well as the building of the Suez Canal and (a generation earlier) Napoleon's campaigns in Egypt, encouraged a literacy in Ancient Egyptian culture among Europeans and Americans that continued into the 1970s.

Measurements: 2 1/4" square
Era: 1930s-1940s Egyptian Revival 
Markings: N/A

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