AUD $760.00

Ancient Bactrian Agate Bead.

Here's an extraordinary "Evil Eye" bead, utilizing the natural colour bands of a milky orange striped agate. The stone has layers of off whites and semi translucent/slightly milky red/orange agate. This bead is an ancient one from Bactria (Afghanistan/Pakistan), but would actually have been processed in the Indus Valley, one of the earliest civilisations situated in what is now Pakistan. (the stones themselves were often mined and traded from what is now India around Cambay, on the coast.)

We're now finding that this culture was a manufacturing and trading centre for stone beads, which were then traded throughout Mesopotamia, Tibet, Central and South East Asia.

With an agate like this you cut one way to get stripes or turn the stone round and cut the other way you create concentric circles. These circles are believed to be a powerful deterrent to Evil. (The Evil Eye averts its gaze when it meets a threatening eye or a mirror reflecting even its own eyes.) It is from these "natural" Eyes that the whole tradition has evolved.

Drilled with a hole of about 1 mm, it will take tiger tail for threading and wear, or possibly a silk thread but not a chain or choker. 

 

Age: Circa 2nd Millenium BC.

Size: L 22 mm x W  14 mm x D  5 mm.

Weight:  3 grams.