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String of Beads

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
The dark blue and brown beads of this necklace most likely date to the fifth century. However, the large rock crystal in the center is earlier, probably dating to the third century in the pre–Three Kingdoms period. Such an extraordinary necklace would have indicated the high rank and status of the wearer.
MEDIUM Glass and rock crystal
DATES Beads 5th century; pendant 3rd century
PERIOD Three Kingdoms Period and possibly earlier
DIMENSIONS Smallest bead: 3/8 x 5/16 x 1/8 in. (0.9 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm) Largest bead: 1 x 1 7/8 x 5/16 in. (2.5 x 4.7 x 0.8 cm) String length: 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm) Beads diameter: 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.29.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Beatrice Rothbard
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION String of Beads, Beads 5th century; pendant 3rd century. Glass and rock crystal, Smallest bead: 3/8 x 5/16 x 1/8 in. (0.9 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beatrice Rothbard, 1992.29.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.29.1_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.29.1_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2017
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