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Ancient Khmer Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1267455 (stock# 2863)

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$600.USD 

Fine and rare circa 6th CE slightly tapered cylindrical Pre Khmer agate bead with original gold end caps and clear band in the center. I acquired this about 13 years ago in Thailand; at that time I was told it came out of Cambodia. Recently I came across a photo reference for this type of bead- Khmer Gold: Gifts for the Gods: Emma Bunker and Douglas Lateford, which identifies this as pre 6th century which would make it either Chenla or Funan Kingdoms, and excavated in Banteay Meanchy Pro ...click for details


Ancient Chinese Glass Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Glass: Pre 1492   item# 1266845 (stock# 2860)

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$120.USD 

Interesting set of six amber glass beads. These came out of Cambodia but are of Chinese manufacture and would date circa Song to Yuan (1000-1400CE) which coincides to the Khmer Empire when there was a lot of trade was carried on between these two kingdoms. I have two references for this kind of bead referring to them as to either Liao or Ming. These probably have a more prosaic function being buttons, but having said this are the only ones I have seen and given their fragility few ha ...click for details


Lopburi Thai Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1266842 (stock# 2859)

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$160.USD 

Good long rectangular aventurine bangle from early central Thai Bronze Age Lopburi Culture circa 500 BC. There is some damage on one end, well documented in enlargements. Aventurine is commonly mistaken for Jade as it has the same degree of hardness (6.5 Mohs scale rating). This is really a lovely stone and may be worn as a pendent (free fauxsilk macraméd cord included) The hole that runs the length of the bead is obstructed, either packed with dirt or unfinished but I am not go ...click for details


Ancient Chinese Red Agate Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1266732 (stock# 2854)

Ancient Chinese Red Agate Beads
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~Sold to China, xie xie ni!~ $320.USD 

Rare strand of hexagonally faceted round beads from China. These have very large holes usually indicative of ancient workmanship. These were represented to me as Warring States, which is consistent about red agate and carnelian that have a long history of use in China particularly from the Warring States to Han Dynasty, where some really exquisite pieces were made. Having said this it is difficult to precisely date these as I do not have any references to this style of bead, but judg ...click for details


Ancient Carnelian Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Pre AD 1000   item# 1263533 (stock# 2822)

Ancient Carnelian Beads
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~Sold to China- xie xie ni!~ $130.USD 

Nice strand of Kushan/Bactrian of mixed carnelian) beads. I acquired these along with coins dating 1st- 4th CE from the same site in North West Pakistan, so these can be dated no later than 1500 years old, having said this I have seen similar things dating as far back as 2000 BCE so these are probably much older and were traded down over the centuries. Strung on wire cable with screw type clasp. L: 45cm/17.8in.


Sri Lanka Crystal Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre AD 1000   item# 1257014 (stock# 2781)

Sri Lanka Crystal Beads
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~Sold~ $300.USD 

Nice ensemble of strung ancient Ceylonese quartz crystal beads. These date circa 1000 years old some older some newer, all different with small copper and faceted amethyst spacer beads. L: 53cm/21in.


Pumtek Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1256789 (stock# 2776 )

Pumtek Bead
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$230.USD 

Very fine etched authentic opalized fern wood bead from the Pyu culture, in what is now Burma who were loose group of Buddhist city states connected by the Irrawaddy River, circa 300 CE to 700 CE. The Chin people of Burma collected these and believed them to have protective powers. This is the last one from a reliable source I have been able to acquire, after this one I won't be able to get any more. Excellent condition. Reference -Early Landscapes of Myanmar: Elizabeth Moore. Provenance ...click for details


Burmese Military Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Jewelry: Pre AD 1000   item# 1243396 (stock# 2748)

Burmese Military Bead
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$500.USD 

Exceptionally large and finely preserved, 11 band etched carnelian cylinder bead from the Pyu culture circa 300 CE to 700 CE. Describing this as a “military” bead is fairly apocryphal but seems to be the widely accepted term in bead collecting circles, and are said to indicate some sort of rank. I have two published references on these beads- Early Landscapes of Myanmar: Elizabeth Moore and Arts of Asia-Eyes on the Past: Samon and Pyu Beads in Myanmar: Elizabeth Moore and Terence Tam, vol. 3 ...click for details


Pumtek and Coral Necklace

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1241698 (stock# 2739)

Pumtek and Coral Necklace
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~Sold to Hong Kong, doh jie lei!~ $500.USD 

Very fine etched authentic opalized fern wood bead from the Pyu culture, in what is now Burma who were loose group of Buddhist city states connected by the Irrawaddy River, circa 300 CE to 700 CE, strung with coral and Qing Dynasty cobalt blue glass beads. The ensemble is a contemporary creation but the value is in the highly prized pumtek bead. The Chin people of Burma collected these and believed them to have protective powers. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks, the hole has be ...click for details


Ancient Burmese Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1240079 (stock# 2732)

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$150.USD 

A jumble of semi strung colorful Indo Pacific trade “seed” beads. I found these in Burma around 2003 near Pagan. Most would date around a thousand years old and would be considered Pyu/Pagan era and made of glass with a few which appear to be a kind of faïence. I had one strung and it is L: 72cm/28in. Total combined weight 100 grams. You should be able to get additional 4 to 5 strands of equal length from this lot. Ideal for a bead/jewelry designer or 1960s nostalgist.


Antique Burmese glass beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1920   item# 1239021 (stock# 2715)

Antique Burmese glass beads
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$400.USD 

Unusual “pile” of old glass cylinder beads picked up in Mae Sot, Thailand along the Burmese border about 6 years ago and are from Burma. These were meant for Victorian Era, British colonials who most likely used them for beaded curtains. I assuming these are of Bohemian, Czech manufacture but am certain that they are old- circa late 19th/early 20th century. There are 20 strands with around 20 8cm beads per strand and total length of 1.75cm/5ft9in ea, so about 400 beads. A few are broken but ...click for details


Ancient Chinese Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Glass: Pre 1800   item# 1233741 (stock# 2700)

Ancient Chinese Beads
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~Sold to China, xie xie ni!~ $320.USD 

Strand of beautiful old Chinese beads. References on Chinese glass is scant but I did find one with a similar spiral pattern dated to the mid Qing Dynasty (see last enlargement) circa 17th century. In my own personal opinion I think these are much older; probably earlier than Song- based on the color of blue. Anyway I will guarantee these to be at least Qing. Metric scale is enlargements. These are strung on an elastic cord and may be worn as a bracelet.


African Venetian Millefiori Beads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1940   item# 1189862 (stock# 2544)

African Venetian Millefiori Beads
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$150.USD 

Good strand of beads on copper wire consisting of Venetian millefiori, local sand cast glass beads, some ostrich shell discs and polished red stone beads. Total length is 39cm/15.5in. The Italian beads are pre 1940, the two beads towards the end have chips- the center elbow bead is quite nice possibly 19th century. Please view enlargements for scale


Ancient Chinese Agate Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1189861 (stock# 2543)

Ancient Chinese Agate Beads
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~Sold to the U.S., thanks a bunch!~ $120.USD 

Pair of fine and rare biconal banded agate beads from China circa Warring States. I suspect these to be from Dian Culture, Yunnan. Note scale in enlargements.


Ancient Chinese Glass Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Glass: Pre AD 1000   item# 1189860 (stock# 2542)

Ancient Chinese Glass Beads
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~Sold to Oz, cheers mate!~ 

Ensemble of very old glass beads, circa Warring States to Yuan Dynasty, I collected these individually over the years so they all came from different locations in China. Please see enlargements for scale.

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