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Ancient Bead Necklace

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

Most 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 yellow and black colored beads, and one large yellow bead.

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.

The larger yellow bead was collected in Sumba, Indonesia and dates from the 18th to 19th century.


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Item code: bd26



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