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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 - 1000 C.E. They are considered to be Indo-Pacific beads made by “drawing” and hot-pinching the heated glass. This necklace contains primarily green and some yellow beads, and a central small double eye bead. By their relative rarity, the double eye beads were highly valued. Identical striped and double eye beads have also been found in Afghanistan, dating from the same era.

Original Indo-Pacific bead-making techniques from India, 1st Century BC, were transferred to Funan, the first state in South East Asia, and then in 8th through 12th Century to the Srivijaya kingdom in Sumatra. After its fall, Indo-Pacific beadmaking disappeared in Southeast Asia.

 

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Item code: n64

 

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