Important Ancient Museum Quality Sumerian Jewelry Beads
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Ceramics: Pre AD 1000: Item # 880868
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Length: 44 cm
Sumerians valued jewelry as a sign of status and wealth. Among the many achievements of the Sumerians was their craftsmanship in the production of jewelry. The people of this area adorned themselves with jewelry of all kinds. They used a variety of materials for necklaces including semi-precious stones. They were carefully carved by hand or were cast in molds
The dark blue beads are lapis lazuli. All were carved by hand. The turquoise beads are faience, a glazed pottery produced by fusing ground quartz and soapstone,Carnelian, gold beads and ruby. The necklace is featuring a very attractive gold central pendant in the shape of a wine-amphora with gragpes design
Carnelian was thought to cause the blood to circulate smoothly throughout the body. It was believed to make the skin healthy and youthful, removing sores and blemishes when worn. Because of its calming effects on the blood, carnelian also makes one feel peaceful and slow to anger. It is theorized that the color orange is the harmonious balance of passionate, creative red and bright, cheerful yellow, making it particularly soothing to wear.
RUBY,Considered in the Ancient East to be the luckiest of all gems, the ruby is said to confer upon its owner protection from all misfortune either manmade or natural. Like the sapphire, the ruby is a member of the corundum family, an aluminum oxide that owes its bright red color to the trace presence of chromium.
The most prized hue for the gem is called "pigeon's blood", a deep red touched with violet; a necklace of these stones is said to have been given by Alexander the Great to the Queen Mother of Persia. However, because of its Eastern origins, the ruby was little known to the Classical cultures of the West
In the East, especially India, the ruby was much sought after; Sanskrit writings refer to it as the "king of gems". Its red color associated it medicinally with diseases of the blood, and it was especially valued to ward off pestilence, to staunch bleeding, as well as cure diseases of the stomach. In Eastern belief, it also promoted peace and prosperity for its owner, and granted him invulnerability from all evil.
Who, looking upon this splendid stone could feel anything but happiness?
These beads have been carefully restrung and are wearable. These beads are all guaranteed to be from this ancient culture
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