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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 C.E. They are considered to be Indo-Pacific beads made by “drawing” and hot-pinching the heated glass. This necklace contains primarily opaque brick red beads, and a central striped bead along with smaller striped beads as accents. These particular striped beads have also been found in South Sumatra and Borneo.

Javanese beads of the Classical Period (750 - 1500 C.E.) seem to draw on the glass making technologies of India in the monochrome drawn glass beads. The large, extra-ordinary mosaic and combed beads seem to derive from late Persian glass techniques. These crafts were brought to Java and Sumatra by the movement of trade by Arab and Indian merchants seeking sandalwood, ebony and spices from the islands.


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Item code: n32



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