Ancient Beads

Ancient Beads

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    Perhaps the oldest form of human art, beads are the first tangible evidence of emerging peoples able to think abstractly and utilize symbolism.  From the beginning, the shape, color, pattern, material or manufacturing skills invested ensured beads were used as powerful amulets, indispensable for propitiating the gods, personal protection, community status and personal adornment to enhance beauty.

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    An Important Persian Eye Agate Pectoral, Parthian Period, ca. 1st century BCE - 1st century CE
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    A large Hellenistic Stratified Eye Bead, ca. 4th century BCE
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    A superb Western Asiatic Gemstone Necklace, ca. 2nd millennium BCE - 1st century CE
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    A Western Asiatic Lapis Lazuli Bead Pendant, <br><em>Persian Period, ca. 1st millennium BCE</em>
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    A fine Inca Sodalite Bird Pendant, ca. 1400 - 1533 CE
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    A Roman Malachite Bead Pendant, <br><em>Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE</em>
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    A Persian Garnet and Gold Pendant Necklace, ca. 4th - 1st century BCE
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    A Sumerian Carnelian Bead Necklace, <br><em>Early Bronze Age, ca. 2600 - 2100 BCE</em>
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    A Neo-Assyrian Lapis Lazuli Bead Pendant, <br><em>Neo Assyrian Period, ca. 911 - 609 BCE</em>
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    A fine Persian Sardonyx Bead Pendant<br><em>Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE</em>
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    An Islamic Gold Pendant on Turquoise Bead Necklace<br><em>Seljuk Period, ca. 10th - 12th century CE</em>
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    A fine Roman Amber Bead Pendant<br><em>ca. 1st - 2nd century CE</em>
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    A Roman Glass and Quartz Bead Necklace<br><em>Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 4th century CE</em>
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    A rare Egyptian Breccia Bead Necklace, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040 - 1783 BCE
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    A large Islamic Glass Eye Bead with trails, ca. 12th - 14th century CE
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    A rare Byzantine trail-decorated Ray Bead, ca. 9th - 14th century CE (?)
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    An Islamic Gold, Garnet, and Turquoise Bead Necklace, Middle Islamic/Byzantine Period, ca. 8th - 9th century CE