A rare Near Eastern Blue Chalcedony Bead Pendant, Early Bronze Age, ca. 2600 - 2100 BCE
featuring a rare and beautiful oval-shaped blue chalcedony bead, of exceptional quality, strung as a pendant with a modern adjustable 18-inch white gold chain. Beads, similar to this example, were found in graves at the Sumerian city of Ur, Southern Iraq in excavations carried out by the archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley in 1934.
For related examples see: Zettler, Richard L., Lee Horne, Donald P. Hansen, and Holly Pittman, Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1998.
Medium: Blue chalcedony
Dimensions: Bead Length: 1/2 inch (1.27 cm). The bead has been restrung on a modern adjustable 18-inch chain of white 18K gold.
Condition: The bead is intact and in very good condition overall, ancient lines from wear are evident at one end.
Provenance: Private collection of Stuart Giles, South Australia, early 1960's, then by descent, thereafter in a private Tasmania, Australia collection.
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