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Bactrian / Western Asiatic, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A breathtaking necklace comprised of 31 rock crystal/quartz beads - 14 ovoid alternating with 16 spherical beads, all surrounding 1 piriform centerpiece bead. While most of the beads are smooth, the central piriform bead and the two rounded beads flanking it are nicely faceted. In addition to the attractive design - perfectly symmetrical and nicely balanced - the rock crystal specimens are inherently beautiful, with varying degrees of translucency, most so clear that one can see the biconically drilled perforations on the interior. Simply stunning! Size: 17.5" L (44.4 cm) + central piriform pendant bead measuring 1" L x .75" W (2.5 cm x 1.9 cm)
Provenance: private Dere Family Collection, New York City, New York, USA, acquired in the 1980s - 2000s
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All beads are ancient. Strung in modern times with modern findings. Beads show expected surface wear with scuffs/abrasions and a few have pressure fissures and chips. Surfaces are graced with deposits.