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Ancient / Antique Javanese Trade Beads- Millefiori Eye Bead Earrings circa 10th to 14th century set in Sterling Silver

Ancient / Antique Javanese Trade Beads- Millefiori Eye Bead Earrings circa 10th to 14th century set in Sterling Silver

Regular price $180.00 USD
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Cache Antiques is introducing an exciting new chapter in our range of antique jewellery, featuring antique trade beads largely from the Javanese region of Indonesia. These are often described as ancient, and our beads range from the near-ancient to late medieval. 

The history of beads is extensive, dating back to Neolithic times. Please see our website for a more extensive description.


This particular series showcases antique Indonesian eye beads produced using the millefiori method, which was created and improved upon during the Hellenistic to Roman period. Eye beads were believed in many ancient cultures to be a powerful symbol of protection that would ward off the evil eye. From the Islamic Period onwards, when trade beads began to enter Central and Southeast Asia in increasing numbers (600AD), these evil eye beads were highly treasured as powerful amulets, and these beautiful and highly prized talismans were used as charms in dowries, and passed down as heirlooms. 


Eye beads of this type have been found which date to 1500 BC, and they were produced approximately up to the fourteenth century; these can be estimated to be produced circa 1000 to 1400 AD. It should be noted that scientific analysis of beads recovered from 10th century shipwrecks indicate that two major glass production centres in the medieval world were West Asia and South Asia.


The beads are ancient and their condition is remarkable considering nature of material and age; as each bead is unique, please refer to pictures for description as you will receive the item pictured. 


This particular listing is for a set of two drop earrings featuring large cobalt millefiori eye beads with white and blue details which closely match. They feature four millefiori eyes to each bead, and showcase unique hand-rolled characteristics to each segment. They are set in sterling silver, including two modern spacer beads which help protect the bead’s integrity, and feature hallmarked butterfly posts. 


Price marked at $260 AUD

Measurements: These beads are ovoid in form and approximately measure 1.5 by 1.4cm. Total length incl. drop approx. 6cm.

Good antique condition. Patina and fleabites to glass commensurate with age, but bead integrity otherwise very good.

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