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Ancient Bead Necklace

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

The large striped center bead is from Java and dates from the Early Classical Period, 750 - 1000 AD. Rare decorated beads like this, of the same period, have also been found elsewhere in South East Asia and in Afghanistan and bordering countries. All of the smaller beads also belong to this period. The larger honey colored beads were collected in Sumba, Indonesia and are from the 17th to early 20th century.

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. According to Peter Francis, by the time the Sailendra dynasty fell and the capital was moved to Jambi, Indo-Pacific beadmaking had disappeared in Southeast Asia.

 

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