A Kushan gold necklace delicately strung with very small ancient lapis lazuli beads (approximately 24 beads to an inch). There are 12 gold coins with images of 6 ancient kings - six on each side. There are 2 kings that we recognize - one is Vasudeva I, the other is "Ohsho" holding an elephant goad, thunderbolts, a trident and a goat. The center bead is a oblong fluted gold bead. There are also two blue glass beads flanking the central gold bead.
Period: Kushan (2nd Century AD) Note: We sent images to the British Museum and were informed that these are believed to be Kushan coins but that they had not seen coins before that were un-struck on the reverse that had tubing for stringing for ornamental purposes. Under our close examination, it looks to be ancient. .
Size: Each coin is approx. 2 cm (13/16") in diameter. Length of necklace = approx. 48 cm. (19 inches)
Condition: Very good. Has some dirt encrustations on the coins. It is our understanding that the lapis lazuli beads came with the necklace.