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Ancient Iranian Faience Beads Str 18
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Ancient Iranian Faience Beads Str 18

Ancient Iranian Faience Beads Str 18" #2 c. 200 BC - 100 AD

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Iranian faience beads, also known as Persian faience, differ from those made in Egypt. The Persian glazes were more subtle, with a matte finish in blue, green, yellow, brown and white.

Faience, a precursor of glass, was invented around 5000 BC and was the first artificial material made by humans. Ground up quartz (usually from sand), alkali, and coloring agents (often copper), were mixed with water to form a paste. Beads, shaped by hand or in a mold, were then fused in a furnace. The glaze that formed on the surface during the firing process was actually glass.
The most desirable colors were blue and blue-green to simulate lapis and turquoise. Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia were the main producers in the western world.

This strand exhibits many nicely preserved off-white and blue examples of classic melons and other hand-formed shapes with incised decorations, including three spacer beads with a pair of perforations each. The beads on this strand vary in size, from 14 mm for the center bead to 4 x 5 mm for the smallest beads. Purchased from an Afghan carpet dealer in the early 1990s, these beads have been in a private collection until recently. Beads of this quality do not often show up in the market today. They have been examined and authenticated by the two top bead researchers in the US.

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