AUD $1,600.00

Ancient Bactrian Gold Necklace.

An exciting, light necklace featuring a hollow sheet gold Bactrian "Portrait or face possibly of a God" flanked with a range of more ancient Carnelian beads, most with fine dots or lines, bleached into their surfaces.  These 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. Reminiscent of the feel achieved by the Zuni Heishi necklaces and made with the same grinding action. 

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 gold pendant is post Alexander Bactrian, being a unit from a larger piece as it has both a top and bottom loop for linking together with others to produce a headdress perhaps or necklace or full chest piece. (I'm reminded of the Yomud Turkoman breastpiece we have on here.) Itis made of two sheets of gold, having a flat back and an embossed face, and fine texturing applied to the background. There is a tiny split running next to the nose, done it appears during manufacture.

I’ve mixed them with small handmade Antique Indian, gold plated silver beads and a gold plated sterling silver "S" hook, from Indonesia. (these are at the very back, not visible from the front, which is just pure “stones” and the "God" himself.)

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 410 mm by 28 mm (height of pendant including loop)

Weight: 7 grams.