CB119 - $1,800
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A great strand of 100 ancient beads, the majority being Roman eyes.
The beads on this strand are mostly from the Islamic Period, dating
roughly from 900-1400AD, although some might date back as far as
400BC. Until the last 10-15 years, eye beads were thought to be of
Roman origin, given all we knew of the glass factories of that ancient
empire. However, current thinking now places the origin of many of
these beads to the Middle East, perhaps Turkey, Afghanistan, and
Egypt, where they were created and subsequently traded around the
world. About the time these beads were being created, the Roman
Colosseum was being built, which could seat 50,000 spectators.

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