Egyptian faience first appeared about the 5th millennium BCE and is still a valued ceramic. According to The Met (part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the USA): "Some of the earliest faience objects made in Egypt were beads, soon followed by small votive temple offerings and royal tomb objects. Faience was inlaid into furniture and into walls as tomb and temple decoration ... small figures of gods ..., animals ... and shabtis ... as well as jewelry..., amulets..., scarabs, and vessels". It is made mainly from sand and crushed quartz with various salts, lime and colourant, which is fired to produce a bright lustrous colour and glaze. It is produced in a variety of bright colours, but mainly in blue-green like precious turquoise.