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Ancient Bactrian Lapis Bead.

Sorry, this Lapis Bead is no longer available.

 An ancient Bactrian eight sided biconical Bactrian Lapis bead, with a matte dull old surface.

The colour is quite deep and varies over the length of the bead.

The trade in Lapis Lazuli either worked into beads or raw chunks precedes the earliest civilisations and was a contributing factor in the creation of trade routes in the region. It was carried to Mesopotamia and Syria from the mines of Badakshan in North Eastern Afghanistan, where it has been mined for over 5,000 years. Stocks of unworked Lapis have been found in Mari in NE Syria and worked beads in the Royal graves of Ur. The goddess Ishtar was known as "Our Lady of Lapis" the Egyptians treasured it but had very little as it mainly came as State Gifts from Persia and Assyria, long before the trade to Europe began.

Long beads like this were harder to drill and therefore more appreciated for this reason.(Ironically, though, tiny beads can be considered elite too as they require so much work and waste so much material in their manufacture.)

The hole is about 1 mm so it can be threaded on silk or tiger tail but not on a cord, chain or choker. Both ends have worn to an angle but it's not a disaster, you can either use a cap to cover it or I use a small (2mm?) bead as a pivot when threading.

All the corners are smoothly worn and rounded, and in cross section it's slightly ovoid..

Age: Circa 200 BC to 200 AD

Size: L 46 mm x W 13 mm x D 11 mm

Weight: 9 grams.