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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.

All of the small glass beads were found in Java and are from the Early Classical Period, 750 - 900 C.E. They are Indo-Pacific beads, sometimes called Trade Wind beads. This necklace contains various shades of these dark blue to black beads.

Beads of the Classical Period (750 - 1200 C.E.) were made in Palembang, Sumatra as well as in Kuala Selinsing and Sungai Mas, Malaysia and Takua Pa, Thailand. By the time the Sailendra dynasty fell and the capital was moved to Jambi, Indo-Pacific beadmaking had disappeared in Southeast Asia.

The large central blue bead is a ‘Roman bead’, most likely made in Egypt and other locations in the Eastern Mediterranean (300 - 800 C.E.). These ‘eye beads’ are thought to have been used as a magical amulet to ward off the “evil eye”.

 

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Item code: bd39

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