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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 and clasp.

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 primarily yellow beads, and five striped beads. By their relative rarity, the striped beads where highly valued. Identical striped beads have also been found in Borneo, 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. By the time the Sailendra dynasty fell and the capital was moved to Jambi, Indo-Pacific bead making had disappeared in Southeast Asia.


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Item code: bd24



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