Hellenistic Amethyst and Gold Beads

strung as a necklace with an 18-karat gold sailor’s knot chain and S-hook clasp

4th - 2nd Centuries BC

Length: 45.7 cm. (18 in.)

#2230

ex: private American collection, early 1970’s

Comparandum: Liu, Robert ; A Universal Aesthetic. Collectible Beads (Vista, 1995) Dubin, Lois Sherr ; The History of Beads (New York, 1987)