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Iranian glass beads

Iranian glass beads

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Glass: Pre AD 1000: Item # 716073

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Colorful and quirky glass bangle fragments drilled and reworked into beads (two strands). These seem to have traveled far and wide. The strand without the small beads I bought in HK about 5 years ago and the other was purchased in Bangkok at about the same time. These originally came from Iran circa 6th CE - 7th CE which would make them late Sassanian Empire or early Islamic Era. I suspect these were brought in by Afghan traders who regularly make the rounds in Asia selling their beads and rugs. The lower strand is L: 40cm/16in and the upper stand is L: 63cm/26in (small beads included), please note some of the beads on this strand have been knapped into charming bird shapes. I haven’t seen anymore of these in the past 3 or 4 years so I assume the source has played out. As the first strand I bought in HK came out of China I am listing these the China section.