6 December 2007
A WESTERN ASIATIC BANDED AGATE BEAD NECKLACE
CIRCA 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
Composed of thirteen large ellipsoid beads interspersed with pairs of smaller spherical beads; strung with a modern S-hook closure
28¼ in. (71.8 cm.) long
American Private Collection, 1980s.
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