Bactrian Lapis and Carnelian Necklace
An ancient Bactrian lapis lazuli amulet and carnelian bead necklace, restrung with modern round lapis and carnelian beads, with 22 karat plated silver beads and clasp.
Ca. 6th - 5th century BC.
Bactria was a province of the Persian empire located in present-day northern Afghanistan. The region was conquered by Alexander the Great between 329-327 BC, and after his death became part of the Seleucid Empire. In antiquity, Bactria was famous for its fierce warriors and religion founded by the prophet Zarathustra.
Formerly in an Israeli private collection.