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Twenty-eight miscellaneous beads and one stud

Unknown220 - 100 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A group of twenty-eight loose beads of varying scale and form was part of this group of Ptolemaic jewelry. There are three emerald beads, five carnelian beads, four amethyst beads, eight granulated gold beads, and eight hollow gold beads. Conservators at the Getty Museum have re-strung these beads as a necklace, but they also may have originally been separate elements of earrings. A single carnelian mushroom-shaped bead or stud may go with the group. The mushroom-shaped piece may have been an ear stud, or, since its stem is pierced, it may have been a pendant.

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