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* A superb Gold and Garnet Bead Necklace, Achaemenid Period, Persia, ca 550 - 300 BC

MJ1803

Composed of spheroid and lentoid garnet beads, and a small early cylinder seal flanked with gold, all interspersed with twenty-six hollow gold beads mainly barrel-shaped; the central garnet flanked with two square gold beads inlaid with garnets, and the necklace completed with a 19th-century gold and garnet closure to match the beads.

cf:  Dubin, L.S. "The History of Beads: from 10,000BC to Present"

Condition:  Recently restrung, the necklace is intact and in excellent condition overall.  A very fine example. 

Dimensions:  Necklace length: 48.5 cm (19.1 inches)  

Provenance:  Acquired in Jerusalem in the 1960s, thereafter in a private NY family collection thence by descent. 

 


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