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In the West we tend to think of beads in terms of jewelry, but for thousands of years all over the world, beads fulfilled many functions–offerings to the gods, adornment of robes, auspicious gifts, ritual & prayer beads, and traded for gold, ivory, spices, and...

Earlier this year in mid-April, 33 antiquities valued at around $1.8 million were repatriated to Afghanistan, including this ca. 2nd century bronze mask. These 33 items were part of a collection seized from a disgraced U.S. art dealer currently jailed in India for charges of...