Western Asiatic Etched Carnelian Bead Necklaces

$3,875.00

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Western Asiatic Etched Carnelian Bead Necklaces

CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C

“The “etching” of beads is a misnomer, because alkalis, not acid is involved in their decoration. They are distinctive and much has been written about them. The two most important works are Etched Carnelian Beads by Horace Beck (1933) and Etched Beads in India by M.G. Dikshit (1949).”… “Beck (1933:384-385; 1934:193) determined that the alkali penetrated the surface of the bead/plaque and spread out just under it. The indelible white line is usually quite smooth to the touch. The black lines seem most likely to have been done with copper (Beck 1933: 385).” Peter Francis Jr.

Strands are approximately 24″ long

Beads are approximately 4mm to 12mm