An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Ball Bead Pendant <br><em>Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE</em>
An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Ball Bead Pendant <br><em>Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE</em>
An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Ball Bead Pendant <br><em>Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE</em>

An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Ball Bead Pendant
Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE

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The deep blue spherical bead strung with a modern gold floral cap.

During the Third Intermediate Period, hard stone beads of lapis lazuli and carnelian were the most prevalent, both prized for their rarity and allure, and treasured for their matchless beauty, mystical power, symbolism, and worth. The varying proportions of minerals that make up the complex nature of lapis lazuli determine its depth of color. The ancient Egyptian prized it highly, placing it immediately after gold and silver in lists of valuable materials. 

Ref: Xia, Nai. Beads p. 127.

Dimensions:  Bead length: 1 cm (0.39 inches). Strung on an adjustable 18-inch chain of 18K gold.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance:  Private NYC collection, acquired before 1998.

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