Ancient Egyptian faience jar with four amulets (probably cartouches) attached on its body. 18th Dynasty. Faience was a precursor to glass and was a widely popular material used in the production of amulets and small vessels. Faience is a mixture of quartz sand with an alkali binder, some of the major components of glass. It was then molded, and fired, causing a bright glaze to migrate to the surface.

Ancient Egyptian faience jar with four amulets (probably cartouches) attached on its body. 18th Dynasty. 
Faience was a precursor to glass and was a widely popular material used in the production of amulets and small vessels. Faience is a mixture of quartz sand with an alkali binder, some of the major components of glass. It was then molded, and fired, causing a bright glaze to migrate to the surface.