|CELTIC JET CHAIN OF CARVED BIRDS
Early La Tené culture. 43 slightly different birds made of jet with central holes, restrung as a chain. A rare use of jet.
4th-3rd Century BC
L. of each bird ca. 3/4 in. (2 cm.)
Ex German private collection acquired in 1980s.
Jet is a compact semi-precious variety of lignite. Also called witches amber because it tends to feel warm; it becomes electrically charged when rubbed with cloth and thus will pick up such things as small bits of paper.