**Originally Listed At $200**
Ancient Near East, Sumer, ca. 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE; Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A lovely necklace of a wearable form composed of dozens of petite Sumerian faience seed beads as well as Roman glass seed and drop-form bone beads. The spherical seed beads are interspersed with several bone beads and conical beads, with the central discoid pendant carved from porous volcanic stone, and modern silver-plated beads along the ends. Many of the glass beads near the strand terminals have developed beautiful rainbow-hued iridescence, and some have even formed golden iridescence. Strung in modern times and capped with a silver-plated loop and lobster clasp combo, this is an attractive accessory ready to wear for any occasion! Size (necklace): 16.25" L (41.3 cm); (central pendant): 1.75" in diameter (4.4 cm)
Provenance: ex-private Shenas collection, Queens, New York, USA imported into the US around 1970
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Strung in modern times and wearable as shown. Faience, stone, bone, and glass beads are ancient, and stringing and silver-plated components are modern. Minor nicks to some beads and fading to some areas of original color. Great iridescence across glass beads.