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Burmese Military Bead

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

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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


Han Dynasty Agate

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1217607 (stock# 2677)

Han Dynasty Agate
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$400.USD 

Two chalcedony pendants circa Warring States to Han Dynasty. I have been told by knowledgeable jade collectors these used as curtain weights; please see last enlargement for referenced dating to at least Han Dynasty from Sparkling Splendours: The Taoshi Zhai Collection. There are a couple of inclusions in the smaller white one and some deep staining on the larger one indicating that this was buried with a metallic object for quite sometime. Scale is in enlargement 6. Both pieces have holes ...click for details


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.


Burmese Military Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1189858 (stock# 2540)

Burmese Military Bead
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Sold to Hong Kong- Do jie lei! 

Good twelve striped etched carnelian 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. This type of bead is well documented, Early Landscapes of Myanmar: Elizabeth Moore and Arts of Asia-Eyes on the Past and Samon and Pyu Beads in Myanmar: Elizabeth Moore and Terence Tam, vol. 38, #1, which suggests enough, the chemicals used i ...click for details


Khmer banded agate bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1155333 (stock# 2420)

Khmer banded agate bead
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$250.USD 

Fine and rare circa 6th CE slightly tapered cylindrical Cambodian agate bead. I acquired this about 10 years ago in Thailand, originally this was said to be from Cambodia and pre Khmer. I was perusing a book recently, which has a photo of this type of bead- Khmer Gold: Gifts for the Gods: Emma Bunker and Douglas Lateford, which places this as pre 6th century which would make it either Chenla or Funan Kingdoms, and excavated in Banteay Meanchy Province, Cambodia, which backs this up. L: 6.7 ...click for details


Kushan Carnelian Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Pre AD 1000   item# 1152697 (stock# 2413)

Kushan Carnelian Beads
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$150.USD 

Nice strand of Kushan/Bactrian of mixed stone (mostly carnelian) beads. I acquired these along with coins dating from 1st- 4th CE from the same site in North West Pakistan, so these can be dated no later than 1500 years old. There are a few agate and quartzite beads in the lot, some with traces of “etching”. The crescent shaped beads would have originally small ringed shaped ornaments that have been drilled and “knapped” to some extent to accommodate them being strung. Please note that the s ...click for details


Pre Khmer Beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1032493 (stock# 2241)

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$1200.USD 

Fine ensemble of very long carnelian and agate late Bronze Age beads (circa 100 CE to 500 CE) from Cambodia. Similar examples (especially of the carnelian) have been excavated through Southeast Asia with datings as early as 200BCE from Yunnan, Dian Culture, suggesting they may have been widely traded over a long period of time. The spacer beads are of the period glass and shell. Some of the beads have a few chips and pits but over all are in excellent condition given their age and fr ...click for details


Tang agate bead necklace

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 765375 (stock# 1844)

Tang agate bead necklace
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~Sold~ $500.USD/$3800.HKD 

Outstanding ensemble of Tang period agate, circa 7th CE – 10th CE, (and one crystal) strand of beads, professionally knotted into a necklace. All these came from Yunnan province and represent a non Han tradition and taste, more in keeping with Tibet or Southeast Asia. Please bear in mind that this province did not actually become part of China until it was “annexed” by the Yuan Mongolian Empire around the 13th century and by default was incorperated into the Ming. Yunnan was home to se ...click for details


Warring States agate beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 716079 (stock# 1703)

Warring States agate beads
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~Sold to China, xie xie ni!~ $320.USD 

Fine and rare stand of Warring States/Western Han agate beads. Excellent condition. Purchased in Guangzhou, China 6 years ago. Please note; reference photo in last enlargement is from Sparkling Splendours - the Taoshi Zhai Collection, plate 100. L: 56cm/22in.


Han Dynasty agate bangles

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 621925 (stock# 1474)

Han Dynasty agate bangles
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$125.USD 

Ensemble of three small agate bangles from China circa Han Dynasty, traces of excavation and a lacquer substance adhering to the surface. All three have cracks and one a significant chip, still nice pieces and at a good price.


Dian Culture agate beads

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 619627 (stock# 1470)

Dian Culture agate beads
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~Sold to the U.S., thanks a bunch!~ $300.USD 

Fine and rare set of five agate “nipple” beads from the Dian civilization circa 500 BCE. The Dian were a non Han culture that was centered around Dianchi Lake in Yunnan, Southwest China. Their bronze artifacts show they had a strong affinity with the Southeast Asian Dong Son Culture. The only history of these mysterious people was recorded by the Han who say they eventually became their vassal state, because the Dian King was accorded an official title. All the physical evidence (bronzes ...click for details


Dian Culture agate bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 619626 (stock# 1469)

Dian Culture agate bead
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~Sold to the U.S., thanks a bunch!~ $300.USD 

Fine and rare unusually large agate "nipple" bead, from the Dian civilization circa 500 BCE. The Dian were a non Han culture that was centered around Dianchi Lake in Yunnan, Southwest China. Their bronze artifacts show they had a strong affinity with the Southeast Asian Dong Son Culture. The only history of these mysterious people were recorded by the Han who say they eventually became a Han vassal state, because the Dian King was accorded an official title. All the physical ev ...click for details


Pre Khmer cylindrical bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 524629 (stock# 1269)

Pre Khmer cylindrical bead
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$220.USD 

Striking banded agate bead from Cambodia, 5th-9th CE. Broken in the middle with contemporary” lost wax cast” silver repair. This may be hung on a chain and wore as a pendant- the hole through the bead is unobstructed, in case you want to run a string through it. Unusually long at L: 9.4cm/3.6in. Just think of the time and effort to shape a hardstone like this and drill it by hand!


Khmer Agate Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre 1492   item# 373259 (stock# 0766)

Khmer Agate Bead
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$500.USD 

Khmer tapered tubular agate bead with gold and clear band in the center. This piece is particularly hard to photograph and is much nicer in person than the photos would indicate. There are no visible cracks or inclusions but one original shallow chip on the lighter half of the bead where it fits into the gold. 8.2cm/3.1 in length.


Pre Khmer Agate Bead

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 295027 (stock# 0552)

Pre Khmer Agate Bead
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$150.USD 

Very long gray agate/chalcedony cylinder bead, circa 2nd century AD excavated in Cambodia. This piece is very difficult to photograph to show it to its best advantage as it has a subtle “chiaroscuro” quality when viewed through light. There is chipping at both ends, it was bored both sides where the holes met in the middle. At 9.5cm/3.8in length it is extremely rare to find a bead like this unbroken.

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