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Sumerian Faience, Stone, & Glass Beaded Necklace

Ancient Near East, Sumeria, ca. 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. A beautiful necklace comprised of 40 pale blue, beige, and blue-green faience tube-shaped beads, with 11 small stone beads and 7 glass beads acting as spacers. The largest bead, horizontally perforated and centrally oriented, is made of a gorgeous mottled stone with light inclusions. Beads of this style have been found in tombs throughout ancient Mesopotamia, including at the royal palace of Ur. Gold-filled crimp beads are attached on either side of a gold-filled barrel clasp, making this a stylish and wearable example! Size (necklace): 11.5" L (29.2 cm); size (largest bead): 0.875" W (2.2 cm).

Condition: Strung in modern times and wearable as shown. Beads are ancient and gold-filled components are modern. Beads have surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, some small chips and nicks, with repairs to a few stone and glass beads. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: ex-private A. Shenas collection, Queens, New York, USA

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