Achaemenid-Parthian 'Persian' Bronze Bead Necklace 017590

Achaemenid-Parthian 'Persian' Bronze Bead Necklace 017590
Achaemenid-Parthian 'Persian' Bronze Bead Necklace
Bronze, 31.96 grams, 40 cm long [16 inches]. Achaemenid-Parthian, circa 550 - 330 BCE. These beads were made by the Persians, people of the Achaemenid-Parthian period, the successor state of the Median Empire. The Persian and the Median Empire taken together are also known as the Medo-Persian Empire, succeeding the Neo-Assyrian Empire. The empire was forged by Cyrus the Great, and spanned three continents, including territories of Afghanistan and Pakistan, parts of Central Asia, Asia Minor, Thrace, much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and all significant population centers of ancient Egypt as far west as Libya. In western history this empire was the foe of the Greek city states during the Greco-Persian Wars, and was invaded and conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE. This necklace has been restrung and fitted with a modern clasp to wear in modern times using over 100 mainly square and cylindrical-shaped beads with a great variety of colour patination. Reference: Thames & Hudson, The History of Beads from 30,000 BC to the Present, no. 309 a-e. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.

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