AUD $1,600.00

Ancient Bactrian Gold Goddess Necklace

An exciting, light necklace featuring a circular pendant, a hollow sheet gold Bactrian "Mother Goddess", flanked with two ovoid Carnelian beads, spaced with tiny Carnelian barrels, most with fine dots or lines, bleached into their surfaces. 

These agate cylinders are reminiscent of those in Zuni Heishi necklaces, and made with the same laborious grinding technique using a harder stone.
They are graduated down to some quite tiny Carnelian barrels, such tiny beads are said to represent extreme wealth because of the work and wastage caused in their production.

They're well worth a very close look, some of the colours, designs, details and textures are fascinating. 
These beads date back to the Indus Valley Civilisations, and Bactria, pre Alexander, ranging from 2 - 3,000 years ago.  

Whilst the fascinating 25 mm tall, hollow gold  "Mother Goddess" pendant is post Alexandrian Bactrian, possibly being a unit from a larger piece, but unlike ANC219 it has only a single suspension loop. She has obvious fertility references with her breasts, pubis and flesh folds defined by specific indentations, and could predate Hellenistic Goddesses. (note how feet and hands are irrelevant like in European Mother Goddess figures.) There is a tiny split in the hair above her forehead, done it appears during manufacture. 

I’ve mixed in two small hand granulated, gold plated sterling silver beads and "S" hook, from Indonesia. (these are at the very back, not visible from the front, which is just pure “stones” except for two tiny granulated flowers and the "Goddess" herself.)

For durability, I thread on strong Tiger Tail, but don’t scrunch it up, or it will kink.
Abuse it and it will stretch, so considering their age, a bit of respect would enhance their beauty.

Some beads may be verging on fragile, though I try to vet them, so again don’t abuse them, possibly treat them as you would your pearls, and think how long they’ve already lasted!

Once again, beads can outlast the Civilizations, Kingdoms and Empires that wear them surviving millennia, until they resurface again, for us to wear and appreciate.

I hope you enjoy wearing them, as I’ve had a close look at them, and have enjoyed handling them.

Age: Old, Antique and Ancient. Back to Circa 2nd Millenium B.C.

Size: L 405 mm by 28 mm (height of pendant including loop)

Weight: 8 grams.