All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Byzantine : Pre AD 1000 item #1366053 (stock #SA280)
Mysterious because of its luminosity and its light weight. amber was highly sought after as a prestige material in the ancient world. This bead is rare not only for its size but for the craftmanship that went into its making. The amber came of course from the Baltic but the bead was carved in the first millennium CE in West Asia. It would always have been an extremely valuable and unusual object of personal adornment. Condition: Old wear as is to be expected in ancient amber...