Ancient Etched Carnelian Beads Necklace, Bactrian, Ancient World, 45 grams
This is an exquisite necklace of the ancient world, Circa. 250 BC-650 AD, years old, with an etched central oval tabular carnelian bead, flanked by two high grade silver beads, and two etched rectangular beads, interspersed with smaller round beads, each with an etched geometric pattern in white.
I believe these beads to be possibly from the Bactrian region, the ancient name of a historical region, one of the ancient civilizations of Iranian peoples. Ancient Bactria was located between the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Amu Darya river, covering the flat region that straddles modern-day Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The single strand necklace composed of 41 ancient carnelians graduated in size. Each end has 5 graduated high grade silver beads and an S hook for closing. The necklace is strung on a wire of steel.
Some of the beads are really small: Bead Size: Round beads 5mm to 10mm, Rectangular beads 20mm x 8mm, Centre oval tabular bead 20 x 25 x 5mm.
There are five beads displaying the Longevity decoration.
The beads have maintained beautiful light orange color despite the passing of time. Overall bead condition remains good, worn usage patina displays typical age related surface digs, chips, fading and loss of white etching.
Material: Etched Carnelian, High Grade Silver Beads
Origin: probably Bactrian Region, Persia
Age: Estimation: Circa. 250 BC-650 AD
Perforation: Bead Drilling 1 - 3mm approx.
Condition: Worn usage patina
Length: 47cm (18 1/2")
Weight: 45 Grams
I have not cleaned the necklace as the silver beads and spacers have a lot of surface dirt and tarnish, but will polish up beautifully.