An East Greek Gold and Amethyst Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
In ancient times, stone beads were time-consuming to make, expensive, and available only to the wealthy. They were considered so attractive that craftsmen were eventually inspired to create imitation beads from glass as a less expensive fashionable alternative.
Condition: Damage to the right bead cap with some loss to one side, very small chip to the amethyst bead that does not detract. Overall in very good condition.
Dimensions: Length: 1 1/8 inch (2.09 cm)
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired from Sumer Gallery, NYC, in the 1980s.
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