8 December 2005
A WESTERN ASIATIC TURQUOISE BEAD NECKLACE
CIRCA EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
Composed of one hundred twenty-nine biconical beads; strung in three strands with a modern hook-and-loop closure
16½ in. (41.9 cm.) long
American Private Collection, acquired in the 1980s.
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