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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace made of ancient glass beads accented with contemporary 14 Karat yellow gold beads.

All of these glass beads were found in Java and are from the Early Classical Period, 750 - 1000 AD. They are considered to be Indo-Pacific beads. This necklace contains cobalt blue monochrome beads, green tubes with a double eye, and a central mosaic bicone bead. The double eye beads have also been found in Afghanistan, dating from the same era.

The original Indo-Pacific bead-making techniques from Arikamedu, India, 1st Century BC, eventually were transferred to Funan, the first state in South East Asia, and then in 8th through 12th Century to the Srivijaya kingdom in South Sumatra. According to Peter Francis, by the time the Sailendra dynasty fell and the capital was moved to Jambi, Indo-Pacific beadmaking had disappeared in Southeast Asia. The interaction with Persian and early Islamic glass working technologies is not well understood.


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Item code: bd20



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