This necklace features a large, pressed green glass pendant attributed to Max Neiger, circa 1925, and handwoven brass chainmaille.
The pendant bead, which measures , has traces of the original golden paint on one side. The pharaoh image is on both sides.
Egyptian themes were wildly popular in the 1920's following the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. This untouched tomb created an international sensation and showcased the opulence of the afterlives anticipated by Egyptian pharoahs. Soon, both fine and costume jewelry were dominated by the Egyptian Revival style.
Max Neiger and his brother Norbert designed jewelry in Gablonz, Czechoslavakia as part of Bohemia’s famed glasswork and jewelry industry. Their fame reached its peak in the 1920's and 30's. And while their most well known pieces were Egyptian revival scarab beads, they produced other Egyptian-inspired pieces as well as those incorporating Japanese and Indian motifs. The Neigers fled to Prague when Bohemia was ceded to Germany in 1938. Tragically, in 1941 they were imprisoned and murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.