Antique pendant, a necklace fragment, from Afghanistan, with carnelian bead. This old treasure was purchased at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, in the late 1970s. The pendant is elaborately designed with a center bird, flowers, leaves and scrolls; dangling elements include a large carnelian bead with an enameled cap (light and cobalt blue, mostly worn off), two flower forms, and little pointed elements. Both sides are domed and have the same design. The texture and dimension is wonderful. The metal is silver colored and light in weight. Including the chain, the piece measures 5" long and 1-3/4" at widest. The pendant without the chain is 3-3/4".
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