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* An Egyptian Glass & Gold Bead Necklace, Ptolemaic Period, ca 332 - 30 BC

EJ1615

This lovely necklace comprises fine conchoids beads in green and yellow opaque glass that are immediately identified with Ptolemaic Alexandria during the time of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. They are interspersed with similarly shaped beads with a swirl of opaque yellow and translucent green glass, ivory faience spacer beads and a large gold pendant bead.

Literature: *See Lois Sherr Dubin, 1987. The History of Beads from 30,000 B.C. to the Present. Unabridged. New York. Bead Chart #471. (12)

Condition:  Damage to the central gold bead as shown, otherwise all beads are intact and in very good condition overall.  Restrung with 14K gold clasp.

Dimensions:  Length:  18 inches (46.5 cm)

Provenance:  Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist and curator of Egyptian antiquities at the Gustavianum Museum, Uppsala University, Sweden.


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