Desert Primitive Talisman Necklace + Antique Quiche Maya Bone Tool + Fossil Ivory + Pearls and Ancient Beads Knotted on Silk

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Desert Primitive Talisman Necklace + Antique Quiche Maya Bone Tool + Fossil Ivory + Pearls and Ancient Beads Knotted on Silk

395.00

A striking talisman necklace with many stunning antique and ancient elements, all carefully knotted by hand on silk cord.

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:: Ancient Grace ::

+++ Contains Fossil Walrus Ivory: For US Domestic Sale Only +++

This is a truly beautiful necklace:  primitive, ancient, with a balanced grace softened by luminous pearls.  The centerpiece is an antique bone Quiche Maya jachabal or achbal, a corn-husking tool from Guatemala.  This piece is post-European contact and may be hundreds of years old, highly polished with the kind of patina that ony time and use can give.  It is in its original state and the tip is still quite sharp but I did not want to alter this antique in any way; however, if you prefer I can grind it down slightly.

The jachabal is threaded on tiny antique French steel cut metal beads, with a stacked series of elements aligned above it.  Two beautiful fragments of fossil walrus ivory come first, from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.  Atop them is a bronze bead I created from metal clay, bearing the impression of a fossil crinoid.  The large golden bead is quartz and comes from Mali or Niger in Africa.  Dating at least to the 1500s (it may be much older), it was most likely mined and made in India, and traded to Africa.  The elements in the stack with larger holes have been carefully lined with glass seed beads to stabilize them and keep them in alignment. 

Beautiful golden bronze freshwater pearls make up most of the strand.  Pearls are traditionally knotted on silk to keep them from abrasion, but this also gives the strand a lovely drape and luxurious feel.  Knotting beads like this is a labor of love, especially when they have larger holes, and the strand alone took a full day to complete.

I accented the pearls with more antique quartz and agate beads from Africa, and ancient shell beads.  The larger shell beads are Afghan and are 2-3000 years old; the smaller shell beads are also from Central Asia and date anywhere from 1500 BC to 200 AD.  Where possible I have lined all of these ancient beads with tiny glass seed beads to stabilize them on the knotted silk strand.  Finally, the series of eight quartz chip beads is also from the same part of Africa and these are also antique.  I have heard wildly varying estimates of their age, from a few hundred to several thousand years old, so all I can say is that they're old...I just don't know how old. 

Truly a treasure!

SIZE:  The bone jachabal measures 4 1/2" x 5/8" x 1/4", or 114mm x 15mm x 7mm, and the entire pendant assemblage is 6 5/8" or 17cm long.  The necklace with pendant measures 22 1/4" or 56.5cm, from the back of your neck to the base of the pendant when worn.

CARE:   Please respect the great age of these beads, shell and bone, and handle with care when not wearing.  Use only a soft, damp cloth to clean. 

PRESENTATION: Ancient Grace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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