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Duck bead - just because - attn Will
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Posted by: lindabd Post Reply
03/13/2016, 08:36:01

After combing through earlier posts it occurred to me that this might be of particular interest to Will as the Balinese duck is readily identifiable is this bead - tuft and all.
I purchased it in a little shop on the Sheik Zayed road in Dubai in about 2006. The Iranian proprietor had only one bead - this one! Quite busted up, but a cool bead nonetheless.
I don't know if it is authentic, but the cane is remarkable and very economically applied.

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Posted by: Will Post Reply
03/13/2016, 12:29:43

Hi Linda,

It's interesting and cute. Thanks for posting it.

I'm pretty sure that it's a fake, especially when I look at the area around the perforation, which doesn't look at all like an authentic Jatim to me. But it's so beaten up it's a little difficult to be certain. Many of the fakes made in the late 90s and early 00s would blow up spontaneously because they were so poorly annealed, and when I spent several weeks a couple of years ago driving round to villages near Jember, I was sometimes shown broken fakes by innocent-seeming folk who possibly did think they were fragments of authentic beads.

In addition to the perforation, the bird canes in yours don't look right to me either. They're better than most of the fakes I've seen but the reddish brown areas seem very arbitrary (those red lines on the white feathers, for instance), whereas in the very rare originals red is used specifically to represent the beaks and legs only.

For comparison, I'll attach an image I've shown before; it's of Korean National Treasure 634, a Jatim that was excavated from a royal tomb dated to around the year 500. What do you think?

All the best,

Will

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Posted by: lindabd Post Reply
03/13/2016, 18:28:29

Thank you WIll,
I really wasn't sure what it was, just that it looked like a picture I had in my head of a duck bead that I had seen in "Manik Manik di Indonesia" - still looks more like that bead to me than the stunner you posted from the Korean National Treasure. I wish I were more confident with regard to recognizing authenticity by examining perforation and surface qualities but I'm not!
It was while reading Jamey Allen's account in the archives of this site a couple of weeks ago - of having newly made Jatims come apart in transit home - that it occurred to me that the duck bead was likely one of that ilk.
It IS cute though, and worth (to me) the $8 I parted with to bring it home.
Thank you again for your ever interesting, thoughtful and informative responses.
Greatly appreciated!
Linda



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