A Near Eastern Agate Bead Necklace, ca. mid 1st millennium BCE
With its rippling bands set in a soft matrix of white and orange-brown, this agate was highly prized in ancient times for its scarcity and beauty. Sourced in Afghanistan, then hand-carved and polished in ancient Persia.
Known as the Earth's rainbow, agate was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to ancient Babylon. The ancient Egyptians discovered it in pebble form and used it for protection. Ancient agate was used as a talisman to improve attention to detail, increase positivity, bring good luck and awaken a sense of adventure.
Dimensions: Strung on a 20-inch silver chain
Condition: With expected ancient wear, intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Rita Okrent private collection, California, acquired in the late 1960s.
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