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Rare Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Cuneiform Script - 38 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Cuneiform Script

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Product Code: ET115


A very rare large ancient carnelian bead displaying what appears to be cuneiform characters. This writing system dates back to Mesopotamian times and is as early as 3000 BCE and as late as 100 CE. Unfortunately the meaning on this bead has yet to be revealed. The colour of this bead (dark lines on pinkish grey body) probably suggests that some fire damage occurred. It could have been overheated by the bead maker when applying the decoration or perhaps it happened as the result of a cremation. It is also possible that the dark lines were intentional but a lighter base colour didn't take properly to the stone. There is some weathering to the body and a few surface digs, but it still remains robust and very suitable to be worn. This is the only bead of its type we have handled or ever seen for sale, so it is extremely rare amongst carnelians.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and surface fissures commensurate with age.
Provenance: Ex Rita Okrent Collection
Western Asiatic
Age: 1000 BCE + or - 38 mm x 14 mm

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