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Bactrian Carnelian & Banded Agate Bead Necklace

Ancient Central/Western Asia, Bactrian Empire, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A beautiful and wearable necklace comprised of 42 hand-carved stones of cylindrical, ovoid, or tubular forms. The beads are carved from either banded agate or carnelian stones and have narrow drilled suspension holes through their midsections. Some of the stones are faceted and polished to a lustrous sheen, and others are rough and unpolished. Size (necklace): 26" L (66 cm); size (largest bead): 1.1" L (2.8 cm).

Condition: Strung in modern times and wearable as shown. Stone beads are ancient while stringing is modern. Small nicks and minor abrasions to some stones, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Liu collection, New York, USA; ex-Artemis Gallery; ex-private Tucson, Arizona, USA collection

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