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Ancient Beads

Ancient Beads

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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A pair of Roman Carnelian Beads set as Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CEA pair of Roman Carnelian Beads set as Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
An Egyptian Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century BCE/CEAn Egyptian Millefiori and Mosaic Glass Beads, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century BCE/CE
An Egyptian Blue Glazed Scaraboid, set as a Pendant, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca.  1364 - 1347 BCEAn Egyptian Blue Glazed Scaraboid, set as a Pendant, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca.  1364 - 1347 BCE
An Islamic Gold Bead Pendant Necklace, Seljuk Period, ca. 11th - 12th centuryAn Islamic Gold Bead Pendant Necklace, Seljuk Period, ca. 11th - 12th century
A Roman Glass Millefiori Bead, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CEA Roman Glass Millefiori Bead, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Carnelian and Garnet Necklace with Amphora Shaped Pendants, ca. 2nd - 3rd century CEA Roman Carnelian and Garnet Necklace with Amphora Shaped Pendants, ca. 2nd - 3rd century CE
A superb Egyptian Floral Bead Necklace, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1352 - 1336 BCEA superb Egyptian Floral Bead Necklace, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1352 - 1336 BCE
An Egyptian Lapis Ball Bead set as a pendant, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 - 945 BCEAn Egyptian Lapis Ball Bead set as a pendant, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
A Mezcala Serpentine Miniature Figure Pendant, Pre-Classic Period, ca. 300 - 100 BCEA Mezcala Serpentine Miniature Figure Pendant, Pre-Classic Period, ca. 300 - 100 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Royal Name Bead for Shabaka,  ca. 705 - 690 BCEAn Egyptian Faience Royal Name Bead for Shabaka,  ca. 705 - 690 BCE
An Egyptian Faience Floral Pendant, Amarna Period, ca. 1364-1347 BCE
An Important Persian Eye Agate Pectoral, Parthian Period, ca. 1st century BCE - 1st century CEAn Important Persian Eye Agate Pectoral, Parthian Period, ca. 1st century BCE - 1st century CE
A large Hellenistic Stratified Eye Bead, ca. 4th century BCEA large Hellenistic Stratified Eye Bead, ca. 4th century BCE
A superb Western Asiatic Gemstone Necklace, ca. 2nd millennium BCE - 1st century CEA superb Western Asiatic Gemstone Necklace, ca. 2nd millennium BCE - 1st century CE
A Western Asiatic Lapis Lazuli Bead Pendant, <br><em>Persian Period, ca. 1st millennium BCE</em>A Western Asiatic Lapis Lazuli Bead Pendant, <br><em>Persian Period, ca. 1st millennium BCE</em>
A Roman Malachite Bead Pendant, <br><em>Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE</em>A Roman Malachite Bead Pendant, <br><em>Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE</em>
A large Western Asiatic Carnelian and Chalcedony Necklace, ca. 5th century CEA large Western Asiatic Carnelian and Chalcedony Necklace, ca. 5th century CE
A Sumerian Carnelian Bead Necklace, <br><em>Early Bronze Age, ca. 2600 - 2100 BCE</em>A Sumerian Carnelian Bead Necklace, <br><em>Early Bronze Age, ca. 2600 - 2100 BCE</em>
A Sasanian Gold and Carnelian Pendant <br><em> ca. 5th century CE</em>A Sasanian Gold and Carnelian Pendant <br><em> ca. 5th century CE</em>
A fine Persian Sardonyx Bead Pendant<br><em>Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE</em>A fine Persian Sardonyx Bead Pendant<br><em>Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE</em>
An Islamic Gold Pendant on Turquoise Bead Necklace<br><em>Seljuk Period, ca. 10th - 12th century CE</em>An Islamic Gold Pendant on Turquoise Bead Necklace<br><em>Seljuk Period, ca. 10th - 12th century CE</em>
A Roman Glass and Quartz Bead Necklace<br><em>Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 4th century CE</em>A Roman Glass and Quartz Bead Necklace<br><em>Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 4th century CE</em>
A large Islamic Glass Eye Bead with trails, ca. 12th - 14th century CEA large Islamic Glass Eye Bead with trails, ca. 12th - 14th century CE
A rare Byzantine trail-decorated Ray Bead, ca. 9th - 14th century CE (?)A rare Byzantine trail-decorated Ray Bead, ca. 9th - 14th century CE (?)
An Islamic Gold, Garnet, and Turquoise Bead Necklace, Middle Islamic/Byzantine Period, ca. 8th - 9th century CEAn Islamic Gold, Garnet, and Turquoise Bead Necklace, Middle Islamic/Byzantine Period, ca. 8th - 9th century CE
A large Roman Glass Trail Bead, ca. 1st - 2nd century CEA large Roman Glass Trail Bead, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
A Banded Agate Seal of a Sasanian Ruler <br><em>ca. 3rd - 7th century CE</em>A Banded Agate Seal of a Sasanian Ruler <br><em>ca. 3rd - 7th century CE</em>
A Roman Electrum-Glass Bead depicting Harpokrates, Early Roman Imperial Period, ca. 50 BCE – 50 CEA Roman Electrum-Glass Bead depicting Harpokrates, Early Roman Imperial Period, ca. 50 BCE – 50 CE
A Large Roman Glass Crumb Bead, Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 5th century CEA Large Roman Glass Crumb Bead, Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 5th century CE
A rare Mixtec Serpent Head Jade Bead, ca. 13th - 15th century CEA rare Mixtec Serpent Head Jade Bead, ca. 13th - 15th century CE
An East Greek Gold and Amethyst Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCEAn East Greek Gold and Amethyst Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
A Mesopotamian Chalcedony Face Bead, Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2nd millennium BCEA Mesopotamian Chalcedony Face Bead, Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2nd millennium BCE
A fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCEA fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCE
A huge Tairona Quartz Bead, ca. 1st millennium CEA huge Tairona Quartz Bead, ca. 1st millennium CE
* A superb Near Eastern Snake Head Amulet, Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE - Sands of Time Ancient Art* A superb Near Eastern Snake Head Amulet, Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE - Sands of Time Ancient Art
A Roman two-toned Phallic Glass Amulet, ca 1st century BCE-CE - Sands of Time Ancient ArtA Roman two-toned Phallic Glass Amulet, ca 1st century BCE-CE - Sands of Time Ancient Art
A Costa Rican Dark Blue-Green Jade Face Pendant <br><em>ca. 500 - 1000 CE</em>A Costa Rican Dark Blue-Green Jade Face Pendant <br><em>ca. 500 - 1000 CE</em>