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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1388410 (stock #WA537)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$1,100.00
These large beads with stratified eyes and trailed decoration are very rare. They were almost certainly made in one of the Hellenistic settlements around the Black Sea. They were traded to the Sarmatian and Scythian nomadic peoples who controlled vast inland territories, and who attached these beads as signs of status and wealth to personal clothing and to horse apparel. This example has a core of very dark blue glass with applied eyes in four layers (white, red, white, blue) separated with a ri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre AD 1000 item #1383261 (stock #SA179)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$800.00
Believed to protect the owner from misfortune, these were among the most highly prized beads in the ancient world. They were especially valued in Tibet, though they were not produced there. This one would have been manufactured in South Asia some time between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago. As with all dzi beads, the dark brown area of the stone may have been darkened in a process that involved it being coated with a solution of natural sugar and then baked. ‘Lukmik’ means goat’s eye (which is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Pre 1800 item #1378029 (stock #AF243)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$480.00
It is made of genuine golden yellow Baltic amber that is opaque yet glowing and slightly translucent in bright light. It shows signs of old wear and has been repaired with silver/white metal staples and a band of braided wire around the circumference. These beads were always valued very highly, and sometimes the repaired examples are even more highly prized. Diameter, 36 mm; weight, 18.9 g. Condition: Old wear, chips and accretions. Price: USD $480; CAD $635 (13% HST will be applied on a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1366069 (stock #CH1.122)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$360.00
A rare composite eye bead made during the Warring States Period, circa 481 to 221 BC. The composite type of Warring States bead is made with a thin layer of glass overlaid on a clay or ceramic material core. This one is in especially good condition. From every aspect the frame of rich brown intersecting lines creates an almost mask-like structure for the blue and white, or yellow, raised eyes. This elaborate style of bead was only made during a narrow window of time in Henan province. Dimensi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1366062 (stock #CH1.102)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$400.00
A rare composite eye bead made during the Warring States Period, circa 481 to 221 BC. The composite type of Warring States bead is made with a thin layer of glass overlaid on a clay or ceramic material core. There are five small white glass eyes around each of the larger eyes which are made of stratified layers of blue on top of white glass. This elaborate style of bead was only made during a narrow window of time in Henan province and apparently never made again. Dimensions: width, 21mm; hei...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Byzantine : Pre AD 1000 item #1366053 (stock #SA280)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$480.00
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. Much of the tran...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Pre AD 1000 item #1347703 (stock #WA373)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$460.00
This is a beautiful, authentic Roman period single pendant earring made with solid gold. It dates from the 1st-3rd century AD. The pendant part is decorated with a green glass bead, a finely-crafted filigree gold tubular bead, and a lovely little pearl that still has most of its lustre nearly two thousand years after it left the sea. Pearls in the Roman period came from the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean; along with silk from China, they represented the height of fashion and extravagance.The earri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1334049 (stock #WA303)
Maklaiheung Gallery
SOLD USD $1300
Such fused-rod beads represent one of the high points of Islamic glass-making, and this is one of the best examples on the market. It is manufactured from combed mosaic canes of white, red, yellow and green, into which three vertical panels each composed of four eyes have been set. Each eye has three concentric layers of black and white, red, and yellow. Though only a few of these beads have been found in Fustat itself, they were exported very widely and are found from West Africa to Indonesia. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre AD 1000 item #1332692 (stock #SA218)
Maklaiheung Gallery
$900.00
There is very little accurate information about Pema Raka beads. As they have become more and more popular the stories about them have multiplied, but most of the information is fanciful at best. Presumably they were made in India, but the irregularities in form and the perforations are very different from the carnelian beads that were made for the South Asian or even the African markets. Whether they were made specifically for the Tibetan market or found their way there, we can’t tell. But th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Pre AD 1000 item #1332690 (stock #WA462)
Maklaiheung Gallery
Price on Request
This bead is huge and heavy, one of the largest and most dramatic ancient glass beads from West Asia I’ve seen. Only a very few have been found. On a core of dark, translucent blue glass three stratified eyes have been composed. Each consists of a layer of yellow, next a layer of blue, then three smaller circles of white providing the base for a final blue pupil. The three large eyes are connected by a trail of white glass. Similar beads have been excavated in Southern Ukraine and at Sarmatian...