A fine Olmec Jade and Gold Bead Necklace, Pre-Classic Period ca. 900 - 300 BCE
A single strand necklace composed of ten long, tapered tubular jade beads interspersed by spherical or barrel-shaped jade beads. The jades vary in color from pale to medium to deep gray-green; many have a bluish cast. Modern strung on a wire strand, with 14K gold clasp and Pre-Columbian gold bead spacers of a later than Olmec date.
Dimensions: Drop Length: 16 inches (40.64 cm), 33 inches overall (83.82 cm)
Condition: Beads are all intact, and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private East Coast collection, acquired by the current collection in 1998. Ex. Merrin Gallery, New York.
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