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Beads From a Court Necklace

Two lapis beads, 25mm each, hand carved and reticulated.

1-0012-757783 Each bead has been pierced at least 40 times and the beads appear to have been hollowed out on the inside. 72 wooden beads, hand carved and reticulated.

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The wooden beads appear to be identical to the beads in the Mandarin Court necklace pictured in Margaret Duda’s book Four Centuries of Silver, a great book for anyone interested in Chinese ornaments.

0009-784619The lapis beads still take my breath away….

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