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Warring States Agate Bangle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre AD 1000   item# 1272655 (stock# 2888)

Warring States Agate Bangle
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$150.USD 

Small chalcedony bangle with beautiful moon like luster from the Warring States period (475-221 BCE). There are small chips on the edge as well as two inclusions/cracks in the stone- see last enlargement for reference. D:4.3cm/1.7in with and 8mm thickness.


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.


Agate Babies and Bats

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1910   item# 1263385 (stock# 2819)

Agate Babies and Bats
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$320.USD 

Ensemble of six Qing Dynasty red agate and carnelian pieces carved into babies, bats and a “foo” dog face. Originally these were meant to be sewn on clothing- possibly a woman's cap, now they are strung on a macraméd faux silk chord. tThe pieces tend to hang too close together in the center or may be worn as a choker- a possible remedy might be to insert a wire into the chord to stiffen it up a bit. Otherwise I am selling these as set, ideal for a bead or jewelry design ...click for details


Agate Monkeys

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1910   item# 1263380 (stock# 2818)

Agate Monkeys
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$350.USD 

Seven Qing Dynasty red agate and carnelian monkey pendants. These are strung on a macraméd faux silk chord, however they tend to hang too close together in the center, a possible remedy might be to insert a wire into the chord to stiffen it up a bit. Otherwise I am selling these as set, ideal for a bead or jewelry designer. The loose larger piece depicts a monkey on a leaf holding a peach (this one has a chip on the back), note scale in enlargements.


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


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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~Sold to China, xie xie ni!~ $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: 6.7cm ...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)

Pre Khmer Beads
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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.


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

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