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Samon Valley culture or early Pyu city-states, 800 BC-5th century AD. The ancient necklace consisting of 31 amethyst beads of oval and round shapes, pale to deep lavender color, and varying translucency, held together by a modern plastic string.

This piece was personally examined by Burmese American archaeologist and gemologist Terence Tan, a leading expert in Pyu art and Burmese gemstones, and Hungarian gemologist Dr. József Takács. Their analysis finds that the stones are rare pink-colored amethysts, original, ancient, cut, carved, chiseled, bored, and ground. The beads are of different sizes and all made by hand using primitive tools. The color is original and natural. The stone has been cleaned by hand while preserving the fine ancient patina. There are no traces of later dying in the recesses of the stone. The beads have been cleaned by hand while preserving the fine ancient patina. The holes are ancient, handmade, and irregular. A certificate signed by Dr. Zelnik attesting to the above will be handed to the winning bidder upon request.

Provenance: Ex-Collection of The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above.
Condition: Very good condition with minor traces of age and wear, some natural fissures to the stones, and surface scratches.

Weight: 62.3 g
Dimensions: Length 49 cm

Published: Burmese Gemstone Beads From The Collection of Dr. Zelnik, no. BR. 856 (page 375), Budapest 2019.

Buy now for €2,500


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