Magical Ancient Beads: From the Collection of Ulrich J. Beck
Beads represent the oldest form of art. They were the first durable ornaments, coveted by mankind not only for their beauty, but also for their supposed magical and talismanic properties. Made of materials such as shell, bone, seed, wood, metal and glass beads, have been used as units of currency in many parts of the world. This work examines beads in Western and Central Asia from the Eastern Mediterranean to Mesopotamia, Iran and Afghanistan, many items dating from late-Roman to mid-Islamic times.
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adornment Afghanistan agate agate bead Albufeira ancient beads ancient glass beads apex bead artifacts Asian Banten Bead research beadmaking beads date Beck Collection bicone blotch blue and white central bead centre century B.C. ceramic chevron beads colours combed bead compound cornelian cornelian bead cylindrical Dayak developed disk drawn beads Early Islamic Period East Java Egypt eye beads eye canes eye patterns FACING faience folded bead glassmaking glassworking gold-glass beads green head hot-pinched imitation important Indo-Pacific beads Indonesia Indonesian beads Indonesian glass beads industries Iran Islamic layers mandrel manufacture megalithic metal millefiori beads millefiori cane millefiori decoration millefiori eyes millennium B.C. monochrome mosaic necklace oblate ornaments Palembang pelangi beads pendant perforation probably rare Roman Period segments shape Southeast Asia spheroidal spindle whorls stone beads strand of various stratified eyes Sumarah Sumatra surface techniques trade trailed twisted stripes typical diameter Ulrich Beck West Java Wound beads yellow