A fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCE
A fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCE
A fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCE

A fine Persian Agate and Gold Pendant, ca. 550 - 330 BCE


Regular price2,250 USD
Shipping calculated at checkout.
  • This object qualifies for free USA shipping and a flat rate fee of $60 if shipping internationally.

comprising two finely carved agate beads smoothed on both sides and drilled for suspension; the lower of barrel-shaped form, surmounted by a fiery orange conical bead joined by a fine high karat gold wire to form a superb pendant. No doubt this pendant had great value as an exquisite and luxurious object illustrating the refinement and genius of the ancient artisan. The process of extraction, transportation, and craftsmanship of these beautiful hard stones required hours of labor, and such jewelry was therefore reserved for social elites such as the royal family and high-ranking officials. In the Achaemenid period, 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 agate beads from glass as a less expensive fashionable alternative.

For a related example see Dublin, L "A History of Beads" (1987) Timeline of Bead History p112 #315. Liu, Robert, A Universal Aesthetic. Collectible Beads (Vista, 1995).

Dimensions:  Height:  1.5 inches (3.8 cm).   Strung on a modern 14K gold chain for easy wear.

Condition:  The pendant is intact and in excellent condition overall.  

Provenance:  Ex. Anavian family Collection acquired over 30 years ago by David and Henry Anavian in Iran, prior to the Shah's departure.

Sands of Time provides a lifetime, unconditional guarantee of authenticity and provenance. Every object you purchase from us is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, stating culture, provenance, and age.

Furthermore, we conduct due diligence to ensure the item, to the best of our knowledge, has not been illegally obtained from an excavation, architectural monument, public institution, or private property. Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.

We ship Tuesday to Friday with FedEx and usually same day if your order is received before 2pm. Within the continental USA, packing, shipping and insurance is free. Depending on size and destination, delivery times range from one to five business days.

For overseas shipments we charge a small flat rate which includes packing, preparation of all customs paperwork, insurance and carrier fees in compliance with all USA and International customs requirements.  Overseas shipments are sent using either USPS Priority Mail or FedEx but contact us if you have a shipping preference. International customers are responsible for all duties and taxes. 

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Come Visit Our Gallery

Any item from this site may be viewed by appointment at our Washington, DC location

Tuesday - Friday between 11 am - 5 pm.

Phone: 202 342 0518

Get directions