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Ancient Bead Necklace

All of the small translucent purple 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 is extraordinary for the color and type of beads. In inspecting many strands over the years, only one in several hundred beads is this particular translucent purple or red. Why this is so is unknown.

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.

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


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Item code: n66


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