Necklace With White Agate Beads


A Western Asiatic restrung necklace featuring beads made of white agate. The agate beads are a range of sizes and feature a variation of colours. The majority of beads are rhomboid in shape, except for the terminating four, which are more oblong and cylindrical. The necklace terminates in two granulated gold beads and a modern silver clasp.

Overall length, from each end: 52cm. Wearable length (half length): 25.5 cm.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Excellent condition. Threaded on silver wire and finished with a silver clasp.

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Jewellery is thought to be one of the oldest forms of art within history, with the presence of rings, bangles and necklaces’ being present in almost all ancient societies. The western Asiatic during Mesopotamia is home to many interesting and unique jewellery patterns, with gemstones being the material of choice for ancient citizens to decorate themselves with. The sophisticated nature of the society can be seen through their jewellery making skills with elaborate patterns and carvings being common find.

Agate has been known to fill veins or cracks in volcanic or altered rock underlain by granitic intrusive masses. Such agate, when cut transversely, exhibits a succession of parallel lines, often of extreme tenuity, giving a banded appearance to the section. Such stone is known as banded agate, riband agate, and striped agate, and is exemplified in these beads.

Weight 55.5 g
Dimensions L 52 cm




Reference: For similar: Bonhams Auction House, London, Antiquities, 23rd October 2012, part of lot 244

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