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Electrum foil

Sales price $1,500.00
Ancient electrum-foil glass necklace 230NA
Ancient electrum-foil glass necklace 230NAAncient electrum-foil glass beads 230NAAncient electrum-foil glass beads 230NA
Description

230NA
Metal-foil glass necklace
2-1 century BC
Rhodos

One of the earliest production of metal-foil glass ancient beads. Opposed to the later production, each bead was made individually, with accurate, heat treated ends. Two layers of clear glass with electrum (gold and silver alloy) metal foil in between. 
Excellent condition, all beads are intact.
Largest bead: D. 10 mm, H. 8 mm
Necklace is 19.5" ( 49.5 cm) long

For similar published examples see also:

- M.Spaer. Ancient glass in the Israel Museum. Beads and other small objects, Jerusalem, 2001, p. 136: #230
- Alexeeva E.M. Antichniye busi severnogo prichernomoriya, Academy of Science, Moscow, 1978, table 26: 3