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A fine Persian agate bead, Achaemenid Period ca 550-332 BC
Reference No: MM105
A fine Persian agate bead, Achaemenid Period ca 550-332 BC
Price : $ 450
EUR 420.48 GBP 363.83 AUD 693.72
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This lovely pale, pentagonal bead has been shaped to accentuate the natural agate banding of the stone.

In the Achaemenid period, stone beads were time consuming to make, expensive and available only to the wealthy.  They were considered so attractive that craftsmen were eventually inspired to create imitation agate beads from glass as a less expensive  fashionable alternative.

Dimensions: length 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters), height 1 inche (2.54 centimeters) 

Condition:  Intact, with expected wear and minor chipping to drilling area.

Provenance:    Private NY collection acquired in the 1960's.