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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 these glass beads were found in Java and are from the Early Classical Period, 750 - 900 C.E. They are considered to be Indo-Pacific beads, sometimes called Trade Wind beads. This necklace contains opaque and translucent yellow beads, one green and yellow spotted tubular bead and two striped beads. Spotted or mosaic beads were valued and indicated high social rank or status.

According to Peter Francis, 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. These crafts were originally brought to Java and Sumatra by the movement of trade by merchants seeking sandalwood, ebony and spices from the islands.

 

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Item code: bd40

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