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Bronze Age Tabular Agate Beads with Collared Round Silver Beads




Agate, Silver


The necklace is 22 3/4 inches (57.8 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 111gm.







A necklace of seventeen Bronze Age agate beads alternating with sixteen Fine (999) silver beads. Ten of the silver beads are spherical with granulated collars, six of the beads are composed entirely of grains, two tiers of six grain circlets, and two of these beads have smaller granulated collars on each end. There is also a hook and eye clasp with granulated beading tips. The agates are 4,000 years old and come from Central Asia, specifically what is now Afghanistan. The style of the silver work is in keeping with the age of the stone beads. Very little silver survives from ancient times, since it oxidizes and gold does not. However it seems certain that ancient silver ornaments were very similar to those that have survived in gold.