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MJ1430

A Mesopotamian Gold, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli Bead Necklace, ca. 2nd millennium BC

featuring seven narrow, leaf-shaped pendant beads of high karat gold masterfully constructed from hollow sheet gold, and strung with sixteen smooth elliptical lapis lazuli beads together with eight gold beads of  ovoid form with ribbed collars at the ends of the perforation; each gold bead is highlighted with small carnelian spacer beads flanked on either side by gold spacer beads (possibly modern).   The necklace has been restrung with a solid 18k gold s-style clasp.  Just Superb!

Bibliography and related example:  Dubin, L.S. " The History of Beads: from 10,000BC to Present

Condition:  Necklace restrung with modern 18K s-type clasp of ancient design, the beads are exceptional examples of type. They are all intact and in excellent condition overall.   

Dimensions:  Length:   20 inches (50.80 cm)

Provenance:  The Estate of Patti Cadby Birch, a notable arts benefactor and art collector, and a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.   She was particularly interested in Islamic art but also contributed to 19th-century, modern and contemporary art.   

"The ancient jewelry ornaments possess some unexplainable beauty. They seem to be submitting a clue to the understanding of the lost civilizations".    - Patti Cadby Birch ( ? - 2007)

 

 

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