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Ancient Carnelian Beads with Club Shaped Carnelian Pendants and Gold


Swat Valley


Carnelian, 20k gold


The necklace is 20 1/8 inches (51 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 27 gm.







A necklace of eighty-five carnelian beads alternating with 20k gold granulated ring beads. There are twenty-seven pendant beads alternating with round beads. At the back of the necklace the round beads alternate with longer beads of triangular cross section. The pendants decrease in size towards the back of the necklace, the largest being 1.5 cm in length and the smallest is 1 cm. The pendants are club shaped, drilled through at the small end, with the pendant widening at the bottom. The pendants are not exactly the same shape: some are squared off on the bottom, some are rounded, some have curved sides that widen and then narrow, some have straight sides with no tapering. This reminds us that this is a hand made work of art and not a product of machine technology that produces identical units. The round beads are actually slightly oblate being slightly wider than they are long which is characteristic of two thousand year old beads from northern India and Pakistan. The largest is 6.8 mm in width and the smallest is 5 mm. The three sided carnelian beads 5 mm in length and 4 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 1 mm- 1.5 mm. The beads come from the Swat Valley area in Northern Pakistan.